Lawyers of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam give up defence

Paris Attacks: Suspect's lawyers won't defend him

A picture of Salah Abdesalam during the manhunt for him

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lawyers representing Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam have given up the defence and say he will use his right to remain silent.

Abdeslam was arrested during a raid not far from his home in Brussels in March, five months after the terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. 

He is the main suspect in the attacks, with investigators thought to have played a key role in planning the attacks and transporting the attackers. However, the investigators are yet to pinpoint his specific role.

At the moment, legal representation is not required while the investigation continues. But once the trial begins it will become a necessary requirement.

More information on this as it develops.