Paris attacks: Suspect Abdeslam’s extradition to France due in coming weeks

Published April 7th, 2016 - 12:19 GMT
Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels on 18 March. (AFP/File)
Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels on 18 March. (AFP/File)

Key suspect in November's Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam is due to be extradited from Belgium to France in the coming weeks to for additional questioning by Belgian investigators, according to a statement made by his lawyer on Thursday.

Abdeslam hid from police in Brussels for four months until his ultimate capture by Belgian authorities in a raid carried out on a house in the Brussels district of Molenbeek on March 18.

Finger prints extracted from an apartment in the southern Brussels neighbourhood of Forest were attributed to Abdeslam. The location was inspected following a shootout during which an Islamist gunman was shot dead and four police officers were injured.

Prosecutors want to question him about that incident, his lawyer said. "There is a hearing, which will take place regarding the attempted murder of several police officers during the home search in Forest," Sven Mary told reporters.

Abdeslam was not present at a court hearing in Brussels on Thursday after his wishes to be extradited to France.

"As I said, he wishes to go to France and that is the reason that things need to proceed and why we hope that it will be over in a few weeks," Mary added.

The shooting and bombing attack by Daesh militants killed 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13.

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