Belgium to Extradite Paris Suspect Abdeslam to France

A lawyer for Abdeslam said he had renewed an offer to cooperate with French authorities.

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Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam. (Photo: AP)

A Belgian court decided on 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 November 13 attacks that killed 130 people.

Salah Abdeslam wishes to be transferred to the French authorities. He wishes to cooperate with the French authorities.
Lawyer Cedric Moisse to reporters

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 ISIS network.

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