Tuesday 6 December 2016

Man charged in Belgium with involvement in terrorist attacks

Published 27/11/2015 | 17:13

A woman lights a candle to pay her respects to victims of the Paris attacks in front of the Bataclan concert hall (AP)
A woman lights a candle to pay her respects to victims of the Paris attacks in front of the Bataclan concert hall (AP)

Belgian authorities have charged a man with involvement in "terrorist attacks" as investigations continue into the massacre in Paris two weeks ago.

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The federal prosecutor's office said the unidentified man was "charged with terrorist attacks and taking part in the activities of a terrorist group".

The unidentified man was arrested in Brussels on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a man who drove fugitive Salah Abdeslam through the Belgian capital after the attacks will be kept in custody for at least a month.

The prosecutor's office said that a court had confirmed the continued detention of the man, identified in official documents as Ali O.

He has not been charged.

His lawyer Olivier Martins told Belgian media that Abdeslam admitted to Ali O. that his brother Brahim blew himself up and killed people in Paris.

Mr Martins insisted that his client is innocent, saying "you're not going to tell me that if you drive Salah Abdeslam a few kilometres through Brussels that you're part of a terrorist group".

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