Mustava Savas was arrested for terror offences earlier this month
Mustafa Savas, 24, was charged with terrorism offences after he was caught allegedly trying to flee to Syria earlier this month.
He has been on counter-terrorism officials’ radar since May and allegedly tried to travel to ISIS-controlled territory on three separate occasions.
Government officials said in September that the centre would house Muslim youths who had been seduced by ISIS, but who had never been charged with a terrorism-related offence and who desperately wanted to re-enter society, which was clearly not the case.
The news of his arrest sparked fresh calls for France's de-radicalisation centre to close
The news of Mr Savas’s arrest caused a flurry of outrage and sparked fresh calls for the centre to close, but Mr Le Roux says that he refuses to “give in to pressure”.
I refuse to give up. The centre will be a success
French interior minister Bruno Le Roux
Speaking to France Bleu, French interior minister Bruno Le Roux said: “A de-radicalisation centre is not a prison, boarders are not behind bars, which in hindsight, makes things more complicated for us.
“But I refuse to give up. The centre will be a success. We must remain humble, learn from our mistakes and persevere.
Interior minister Bruno Le Roux said 'does not harbour terrorist and will not close'
“I appreciate that staff and locals are worried. But I want them to know that they have nothing to fear. The centre does not harbour terrorists and will not close.”
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The French government announced the creation of a dozen ‘reinsertion and citizenship centres’ as part of plan to fight home-grown terrorism in August.
But the opening of a rehab centre for would-be terrorists in Beaumont-en-Véron, a wealthy town in western France, sparked a string of protests amid fears the jihadists would turn the peaceful suburb into a hotbed of radicalised Muslims.