Salah Abdeslam sole surviving Commando of jihadist attacks that killed 130 people in France on 13 November, Wednesday transferred from Belgium to Paris, was indicted for terrorism-related murders and remanded in custody. In his first appearance at the courthouse in Paris, Salah Abdeslam assured the anti-terrorism judge who interrogated him he would “speak later” , according to his French lawyer, Frank Berton . Indicted including murder in relation to a terrorist enterprise, Abdeslam be questioned May 20 on the substance of the case, according to the lawyer.
Detained in Belgium since his arrest on 18 March Salah Abdeslam “was presented this morning to the French authorities” in execution of a European arrest warrant issued March 19, 2016 by France, had previously announced the Belgian federal prosecutor. He was transferred by air escorted the GIGN, an elite unit of the French gendarmerie. “He was remanded in custody at Fleury-Merogis” , in Essonne, the largest prison in Europe, about thirty kilometers from Paris, announced Mr. Berton.
It will be placed “in an isolated area” and supported by a “seasoned supervisors” , had previously said the Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas. Represented so far by Belgian lawyer Sven Mary Salah Abdeslam will be defended in France by Mr. Berton tenor of the Lille Bar, and another French lawyer, whose name has not been made public.
Salah Abdeslam is the only direct protagonist of the killings of 13 November to be arrested alive after the death of the nine attackers in suicide bombers like his brother Brahim or shot by the police as his childhood friend Abdelhamid Abaaoud. If it ensures, through its Belgian lawyer, he was not aware of the Brussels bombings (32 dead), committed on March 22, it is in any case linked to the three men who blew themselves that day and that there, too, a link with the attacks of November 13, the deadliest in the history of France.
age 26, born in Brussels but French national, Salah had Abdeslam was arrested on 18 March in Molenbeek, municipality of the Belgian capital where he grew up after four months on the run. Several men have been charged in Belgium for having exfiltration of Paris, after the attacks, and then hidden in Brussels. Near the Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, investigators consider the organizers of the attacks of 13 November, Salah Abdeslam is at the heart of the logistical preparations for the killings. It was he who drove the car in which three suicide bombers blew themselves up near the Stade de France.
The result is blurred. By late evening, he parked the vehicle in the eighteenth arrondissement, evoked by the organization Islamic State (EI) in its claim and yet spared. Should he in turn conduct an attack? Ultimately, Salah Abdeslam dropped an explosive belt in Montrouge, at the other end of the capital. Controlled or identified with the protagonists in different European countries in the months before the attacks, he is also suspected of involvement, upstream, to the constitution of commandos.
During his first interrogation in Belgium he had seemed to want to minimize his role, assuring have backtracked when he was commissioned to blow at the Stade de France. With the transfer, “Justice is on the way,” said Jean Reinhart, a lawyer of some thirty families of victims.
Without expect “true collaboration”, its sister Samia Maktouf, consulting 17 victims’ families hoped “that still provides some elements to help identify recruiters and financiers of the terrorist network to which it belongs “. “This is a major actor of the attacks of 13 November, he knows a lot. He made many statements to say he wanted and was going to speak, I hope it will remain in this state of spirit “, reacted Georges Salines, president of the association” November 13: brotherhood and truth, “and whose daughter was killed in Bataclan