French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he expects the captured suspected terrorist Salah Abdeslam to eventually be extradited to France.
Abdeslam, believed to be the sole surviving participant of the November massacre that left 130 people dead in Paris, was dubbed Europe’s most wanted man after going to ground in the days after the Paris assault. He played a key role in planning the three-pronged attack, and has told authorities that he was due to blow himself up during it before changing his mind, according to the Paris prosecutor.
When asked if Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels were linked to Abdeslam’s capture Friday, Valls said “I don’t know, there are obviously striking coincidences.” Valls spoke on Europe 1 radio. “No doubt penalties for terrorism need to be made even heavier,” he said.