The extradition from Brussels to Paris of Salah Abdeslam , principal suspect of the terrorist attacks in November , is temporarily suspended. In fact , he was supposed to arrive between Saturday and Sunday in the French capital.
The lawyer of the presumed terrorist released this information yesterday, explaining also that, informally , the Belgian justice wants to interrogate him about the house search in Forest, a city in Brussels.
During the police operation , that occurred in March 15 2016, the residents have been evacuated because of a gunfire exchange. But informally the justice wants more information about the terrorist attacks in Brussels in which 35 people lost their lives. That’s why they are decided to keep him in Belgium to completely clarify the investigation.
Abdeslam‘s transfer is not questioned by the French minister of justice, Jean-Jacques Urvoas; he rather grants the Belgian police the time they need in order to complete their investigation. Once all aspects of the events are clarified he will be extradited to France.
One of the authors of the attacks in the airport ‘Zaventem’ is still wanted by the police.
Ilaria Congiu , IEJ 1 Bis
Arrested on March 18th, Salah Abdeslam, presumed jihadist and the suspect number one of the attacks of Paris on November 13th, wants to come back to France.
After initially refusing the extradition, he is now changing his mind :”He understood that the files here, constitute only a small part of what he is accused of,” said his lawyer Sven Mary to explain this abrupt change.
According Mary, Salah Abdeslam wants to explain himself in France, his native country.
The Belgian interior and justice ministers, Jan Jambon and Koen Geens, have offered to resign over the attacks – but Prime Minister Charles Michel refused to accept their resignation.
The council chamber was supposed to decide on Thursday the maintain of Abdeslam in detention, before his lawyer obtained the postponing of the audience to April 7th. Sven Mary thinks that the things will evolve quickly : “I will see the judge to convince her not to be opposed to the departure of Abdeslam to France, a departure which could be done, we hope, as soon as possible.”
Salah Abdeslam would have been in contact with the attacks of Bruxelles on March 22nd information denied by Sven Mary who affirms that :”He wasn’t aware of what had happened in Bruxelles”.
Quentin CORBE, IEJ 1 BIS
During his interrogation on March 19th by the Belgian federal police, and consulted by BFM TV, Salah Abdeslam explained “to have rented cars and hotels on the request” of his brother Brahim Abdeslam but he affirms especially that the person in charge of attacks of Paris “was Abaaoud”.
Arrested in Brussels four months after the November attacks of Paris, Salah Abdeslam began to speak with the investigators. During his interrogation of March 19th by the Belgian federal police, the ex-fugitive in detention in the prison of Bruges gave details of the organization of the attacks of Paris. He explained that he gave up at the last moment to act as a kamikaze. He also affirmed that he didn’t know the three suicide bombers of the Bataclan nor the two Iraqis blown up at Stade de France. On the other hand, he confirmed that he participated with nine other people in the attacks of Paris and Stade de France.
Myriam Lihedeb, IEJ 1 BIS
It’s such a rare thing : a terrorist has been arrested, alive. That allowed politicians to give their minds on the issue of how we should punish terrorists. The least we can say is that Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, (called “NKM” in her own country), has a strong opinion on the subject.
Six days after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, three days after the Brussels attacks, the question of punishment for terrorists appears. For the right-wing politician, “There is no solution today to guarantee that men like Salah Abdeslam will effectively spend the rest of their lives in jail”. Even Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, declared himself open to discuss possibility of adopting new laws in those cases.
However, the real life imprisonment that NKM asks for has already been voted by the national Assembly, just a few days ago (on the 8th of March of this year). Adopted by the majority, the 4th article gives the possibility to overpass, for terrorists, the maximal penalty, that is 30 years of jail. The text now needs the agreement of the Senate.
Shady Menard, IEJ 1 bis.