Friday 30 September 2016

Abdeslam lawyer: Extradition to France could take some weeks

Published 07/04/2016 | 12:11

Salah Abdeslam's lawyer Sven Mary talks outside a justice building in Brussels (AP)
Salah Abdeslam's lawyer Sven Mary talks outside a justice building in Brussels (AP)

The lawyer for Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has said that it will take some weeks before his client can be extradited from Belgium to France.

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Sven Mary spoke after a legal hearing on the Belgian-born French national's continuing detention and said that the existing "Belgian arrest warrant must be lifted for (Abdeslam's) transfer" to French soil, in accordance with the extradition request.

Mr Mary said that before Belgian authorities allow Abdeslam to leave they want to question the 26-year-old suspect in another case - a deadly police raid in the Forest neighbourhood of Brussels days before his arrest.

Abdeslam fled to Belgium after the November 13 attacks on Paris and was arrested on March 18 after four months on the run.

Since his arrest he has been in a prison in the Belgian city of Bruges.

He is under preliminary terrorism charges in France for the attacks, which killed 130 people.

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