Abdeslam refuses to speak at Paris attacks hearing

Published May 21st, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
A file photo of Salah Abdeslam. (AFP/File)
A file photo of Salah Abdeslam. (AFP/File)

Reuters reports that Salah Abdeslam, the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks in November, appeared in court on Friday but refused to speak.

"From the start he made clear he would be exercising his right to silence, refusing to respond to questions from the judge," a spokesman from the prosecutor's office said in a text message to Reuters.

Abdeslam has been held in a high-security prison outside Paris since he was captured in Brussels, Belgium on March 18.

Abdeslam's lawyer released a statement last month that Abdeslam would cooperate and speak at the hearing. When he refused to speak, the hearing was paused, according to Reuters.

A Daesh-affiliated series of suicide bombings and shootings in Paris on November 13 killed 130 people. Abdeslam is the suspected to be the only surviving member of the group of militants who carried out the attacks. He is under investigation for terrorism and murder charges.

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