Thursday 19 April 2018

Paris attacks suspect in Brussels for trial

Salah Abdeslam is going on trial in his hometown of Brussels for the shooting that led to his capture.

Police outside the Palace of Justice in Brussels for the trial of Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam over a shooting incident in Vorst, Belgium (Virginia Mayo/AP)
Police outside the Palace of Justice in Brussels for the trial of Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam over a shooting incident in Vorst, Belgium (Virginia Mayo/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

The only surviving member of the Islamic State cell that attacked Paris in November 2015 is appearing in public for the first time since his arrest nearly two years ago.

Salah Abdeslam goes on trial in his hometown of Brussels on Monday for the shooting that led to his capture.

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In this courtroom sketch, Salah Abdeslam appears at the Brussels Justice Palace (Petra Urban via AP)

Security is high at the Brussels courthouse, with armed guards and multiple checkpoints leading to the courtroom where Abdeslam is to appear.

He has refused to speak to investigators in France.

Abdeslam and co-defendant Soufiane Ayari are accused of taking part in a shooting incident in Vorst, Belgium, on March 15 2016.

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The incident took place when six members of a Franco-Belgian research team investigating the attacks in Paris were carrying out a search of an allegedly empty safe house of the terrorists and were attacked.

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Days after Abdeslam’s capture, extremists struck in Brussels.

A total of 162 people died in the two attacks.

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