Terror Suspect Abdeslam Stays Mute Under Interrogation, AFP Says

Terror suspect Salah Abdeslam refused to speak during his first full day of interrogation by French judges after being extradited from Belgium, Agence France-Presse reported.

Abdeslam cited his right to remain silent at the onset of the day of questioning, refusing to explain his behavior, AFP reported, citing Paris prosecutors.

“He didn’t want to talk today” and has said “he will do so later,” his lawyer, Frank Berton, told AFP. Abdeslam “needs time,” he said. Berton had previously said Abdeslam “wants to explain himself.”

After a frantic manhunt and a rapid extradition from Belgium, Abdeslam was placed into solitary confinement last month at a high-security jail outside the French capital, paving the way for a trial of the only surviving suspect of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks.

At least eight terrorists attacked sites in and around the French capital, shooting at diners in cafes and attacking people attending a concert at a theater in central Paris. Seven of the attackers blew themselves up or were killed by the police.

Berton complained about the constant video surveillance set up in Abdeslam’s cell. “He feels spied upon 24/7,” the lawyer said.

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