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Belgium to Extradite Paris Suspect Abdeslam to France

Suspect Salah Abdeslam will be transferred to France within 10 days
By The News · 31 of March 2016 16:42:03
Salah Abdeslam was detained in Brussels., No available, Photo: VTM via AP

BRUSSELS, Belgium – A Belgian court decided Thursday that Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam could be extradited to France, Belgium’s federal prosecutors said.

A lawyer for Abdeslam said earlier that Abdeslam had dropped his initial objection to being extradited and had also renewed an offer to cooperate with French authorities investigating the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people.

Foto sin fecha, difundia el 13 de noviembre de 2015 por la policía francesa, de Salah Abdeslam, de 26 años, buscado en conexión con los ataques en París. Las autoridades belgas dijeron el viernes 18 de marzo de 2016 que un hombre muerto a tiros cuando se aprestaba a disparar a la policía “muy probablemente” era un cómplice del prófugo Salah Abdeslam, uno de los presuntos autores de los ataques en París. (Police Nationale via AP)

Photo: Police Nationale via AP

“Salah Abdeslam wishes to be transferred to the French authorities,” lawyer Cedric Moisse told reporters. “He wishes to cooperate with the French authorities.”

Prosecutors said France and Belgium would now discuss how to proceed with the transfer, which the French Justice Ministry said should take place within the next 10 days.

After his arrest in Brussels on March 18, Abdeslam answered some investigators’ questions but then exercised his right to silence following the suicide bombings in Brussels on March 22 that killed 32 people.

Investigators believe the attacks in Paris and Brussels were carried out by militants from the same Islamic State network.