Salah Abdeslam, key suspect in Paris attacks, extradited from Belgium to France

Published April 27th, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
This file video image taken from a CCTV camera at a petrol station north of Paris on November 11, 2015 shows Salah Abdeslam (R), a suspect in the Paris attacks, and Mohamed Abrini (C) buying goods. (AFP/File)
This file video image taken from a CCTV camera at a petrol station north of Paris on November 11, 2015 shows Salah Abdeslam (R), a suspect in the Paris attacks, and Mohamed Abrini (C) buying goods. (AFP/File)

Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in November's terrorist attacks in Paris, was extradited to France early Tuesday, the federal prosecution said in a statement.

On November 13, attacks on restaurants, bars, a sports stadium and a concert hall in Paris left 130 people dead. Abdeslam's brother, Brahim, blew himself up in the attacks. In the aftermath, Salah became one of Europe's most wanted men for his suspected involvement.

According to a French state prosecutor, Abdeslam had intended to blow himself up at the Stade de France football stadium, but then backed out.

The 26-year-old Frenchman was arrested in Brussels on March 18, four days before deadly attacks on the Belgian capital's international airport and Maelbeek underground railway station.

Belgian prosecutors agreed last month to a French extradition request for Abdeslam, but decided to question him first in relation to a shoot-out with police in a Brussels neighbourhood days before his arrest. He has been charged with attempted murder in relation to that incident.

Abdeslam has also been linked to several of the perpetrators in the Brussels attacks, but has not been charged in relation to those events.

By Helen Maguire


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