Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been charged over a deadly shootout with police days before the Brussels bombings. The 26-year-old has been accused of attempted murder, according to his lawyer. Asked if Abdeslam admitted being present at the shootout, which left four police officers dead and one suspected terrorist injured, his lawyer, Sven Mary, replied: “We won’t discuss that, I won’t comment.” It comes days before he is due to be extradited to France to face allegations over his involvement in the Paris attacks in November.
He has been charged with attempted murder either alone or jointly.
Abdeslam’s lawyer Sven Mary
Abdeslam is suspected of being a key member of the terror squad that killed 130 people across the French capital. He fled to Brussels where he was lying low until police swooped on an apartment in the Forest district of the city on March 15. He was captured three days later and was in custody when Brussels airport and a metro station were attacked on March 22. Abdeslam will appear before a Belgian court again on 28 April and his extradition to France will come “perhaps two days after his court appearance,” Mr Mary added.