Belgium has extradited Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam to face trial in France.
He was wounded and arrested in an exceedingly dramatic raid in Brussels on eighteen March after four months on the run.
The 26-year-old French national was born in Brussels and lived there before the Paris attacks.
He would be held in confinement in an exceedingly maximum-security jail within the Paris space, said Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas.
The co-ordinated attacks administered by the so called IS (Islamic State) State in Paris on thirteen Nov claimed one hundred thirty lives and left dozens more severely wounded.
Belgium’s federal lawyer said Salah Abdeslam had been “surrendered to the French authorities this morning (in execution of the EU warrant issued by France on nineteen March 2016)”. He was then formally placed under arrest.
Although he was at first held at a jail in metropolis, he had last been in custody at a high-security jail at Beveren, close to Anvers.
Salah Abdeslam is charged in France with participation in terrorist murder and therefore the activities of a terrorist organization.
Belgian authorities additionally indicted him last week over a shoot-out within the Forest space of Brussels during which four police were wounded, 3 days before he was arrested.
Earlier, French criminal professional Frank Berton told French media that he would be seizing Salah Abdeslam’s defence in France following a two-and-a-half-hour meeting between the 2 last Friday at Beveren.
Mr Berton said that hoped the person would be judged “for what he has done and not what he has not done… not for what he represents as a result of he’s the last survivor.” Most of the Paris attackers are dead.
Mr Berton delineate salah Abdeslam as “falling apart due to the drama that flat in France” and said he wished to clarify his actions.
He said he was conscious of the risks in representing his client, however insisted “he has the right to a fair trial.”
Mr. Abdeslam’s Belgian attorney, Sven Mary, has spoken of the risks he faced in representing him – telling France’s Liberation web site (in French) that he was vulnerable, ill-treated physically and verbally in his workplace, which every now and then police had escorted his daughters to highschool.
But Mr. Mary had conjointly spoken slightingly of his client, describing him as having the “intelligence of an empty ashtray”.