Belgium to Extradite Abdeslam to France

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -
In this screencap taken from VTM, Salah Abdeslam is arrested by police on March 18. (VTM via AP)
In this screencap taken from VTM, Salah Abdeslam is arrested by police on March 18. (VTM via AP)

A Belgian court decided on Thursday that Salah Abdeslam, the suspect in the Paris terror attacks, could be extradited to France, Belgium’s federal prosecutors said.

Earlier on Thursday, Cedric Moisse, a lawyer for Abdeslam, told reporters, “Salah Abdeslam wishes to be transferred to the French authorities. He wishes to cooperate with the French authorities.”

Prosecutors said France and Belgium will now discuss how to proceed with the transfer.

After his arrest on March 18, four months after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people, Abdeslam answered some investigators’ questions but then exercised his right to silence following the suicide bombings in Brussels on March 22.

Investigators believe the attacks in Paris and Brussels were carried out by terrorists from the same Islamic State network.