- Belgian-born Frenchman seen as accomplice in November assaults
- Suspect also linked to attackers of Brussels airport, subway
Belgium handed over terror suspect Salah Abdeslam to France for trial over the November multi-site attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.
“Abdeslam has been surrendered to the French authorities this morning,” the Belgian federal prosecutor said in a statement. French prosecutors said he was served with a European warrant upon arrival in France at 9:05 a.m. on Wednesday.
Abdeslam, 26, a Belgian-born French citizen, is to be brought before a French judge on Wednesday, the French prosecutors said.
Abdeslam was supposed to blow himself up during the Paris attacks on Nov. 13 but changed his mind at the last minute, French Prosecutor Francois Molins said last month. He was key to the logistics and coordination of the assaults including renting cars and buying ingredients for explosives, according to Molins.
He has also been linked to the perpetrators of last month’s Brussels bombings. Belgian investigators uncovered evidence that the arrest of Abdeslam in Brussels on March 18 rattled the remaining members of his terrorist cell, leading them to target Brussels four days later.
Abdeslam will be placed in isolation and monitored by a special surveillance team, French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas told reporters, according to Agence France-Presse. He will be put in the Fleury-Merogis prison, south of Paris, AFP reported, citing unidentified sources.