Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam seeks extradition to France

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam says he wants to be extradited from Belgium to France to cooperate with French authorities

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Police cars arrive at the council chamber in Brussels, where two terrorism cases will be heard, on March 31, 2016.

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam’s lawyer said his client wants to cooperate with French authorities, confirming that he wanted to be extradited from Belgium to France.

A prosecutor is set to discuss his extradition under a European arrest warrant at the prison in the city of Bruges where Abdeslam is being held.

"He wants to cooperate with the French authorities," lawyer Cedric Moisse said.

Abdeslam has not spoken to investigators since DAESH terrorists attacked an airport and metro station in Brussels last week.

Abdeslam is reported to have links to several of those involved in the suicide bombings that killed 32 people.

Known to be formerly operating a bar with his brother, the 26-year-old was captured on March 18 in Brussels at the end of a 4-month chase following the Paris attacks which left 130 people dead.

Assumed to be the last survivor from the group of 10 people who carried out the attack, the Belgian-born French citizen was caught unarmed after being shot in the leg in a police raid in Brussels.

He had allegedly told interrogators that he had intended to blow himself up at the Stade de France stadium in Paris but backed out at the last minute.

Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, said that Abdeslam had been planning to target Brussels, while one of his lawyers, Sven Mary, said that Abdeslam did not have prior knowledge of the March 22 attacks in the Belgian capital.

Abdeslam is believed to be linked to the metro bomber Khalid El Bakraoui after Abdeslam’s fingerprints were reportedly found in a flat Bakraoui rented.

According to reports the second airport bomber, known as Najim Laachraoui, had once driven to Hungary with Abdeslam.