A lawyer’s assistant says a judicial hearing in Brussels for Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been postponed for a day, until Thursday, apparently because of heightened security concerns in the Belgian capital.
Bombing attacks Tuesday in the Brussels airport and subway killed 34 people and wounded scores, and the terrorism alert level throughout Belgium has been raised to its maximum level.
Abdeslam, who was arrested Friday in Brussels, was to appear Wednesday before a panel of judges who could extend his detention by another month. French authorities are seeking Abdeslam’s extradition so he can be tried for his alleged role in the Nov. 13 bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.
An assistant to Sven Mary, Abdeslam’s defense lawyer, told The Associated Press her boss was informed that the hearing had been rescheduled for Thursday morning. She refused to give her name.