Paris terror attack suspect to appear in Brussels over police shooting

Paris terror attack suspect to appear in Brussels over police shooting

Salah Abdeslam is to appear in court (Credit: National Police)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

One of the only surviving perpetrators of the terror attack in Paris 2015 is to appear publicly in Brussels for the first time on Monday (February 5).

Salah Abdeslam will be on trial for alleged involvement in a gun fight with police in March 2016 whilst on the run, according to Challenges.

The shooting took place when officers raided an area thought to be a terror cell hideout. Abdeslam was suspected of being part of the cell.

The incident left three policemen injured and resulted in the death of Mohamed Belkaid, an Algerian jihadist.

Abdeslam was also allegedly involved in the attempted attack on a train travelling between Amsterdam and Paris in August 2015, the Paris terror attack in November 2015 and the attack in Brussels in March 2016.

Abdeslam has been kept in solitary confinement in a prison near Paris but whilst on trial he will be moved to a similar facility in northern France, travelling to Brussels for each day of the trial.

He is charged with attempted murder and carrying prohibited weapons, both in a terrorist context.​

If convicted he could face up to 40 years in prison.

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