Belgian Judge Approves Extradition of Attacks Suspect

BRUSSELS (AP) -
A Belgian special forces police officer and soldiers stand guard outside a courthouse, while Brussels attacks suspects Mohamed Abrini and Osama Krayem are appearing before a judge to decide if they remain in custody, in Brussels, Belgium, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
A Belgian special forces police officer and soldiers stand guard outside a courthouse, while Brussels attacks suspects Mohamed Abrini and Osama Krayem appeared before a judge, in Brussels, April 14. (Reuters/Yves Herman)

A Belgian judge has ruled that a suspect in the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks can be extradited to France, but he is unlikely to go soon. Belgian federal prosecutors said in a statement that the judge ruled Thursday that a European arrest warrant issued for Mohamed Abrini by French judicial authorities is enforceable.

Before the hearing, Belgian prosecutors told The Associated Press they don’t anticipate turning over Abrini to the French anytime soon. They are still investigating him over the March 22 suicide bombings at Brussels Airport. He has acknowledged being the “man in the hat” filmed by security cameras in the company of the two bombers.