Salah Abdeslam extracted from Fleury-Mérogis prison to be handed over to Belgium

Salah Abdeslam extracted from Fleury-Mérogis prison to be handed over to Belgium

Salah Abdeslam was taken from Fleury-Mérogis prison (Essonne) on Wednesday morning to be transferred to Belgium where he is to be tried from October for the Brussels attacks of March 2016, AFP learned from close sources. folder.

He was taken from the remand center on Wednesday morning between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. by members of the Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN), then taken to an airport from where a plane will take off for Belgium, said these sources. .

He will then be imprisoned in a Belgian prison, before starting a new judicial marathon from October 10, with the trial of the attacks which killed 32 people in Brussels on March 22, 2016 – organized by the same jihadist cell of the Islamic State group. than the attacks of November 13.

These debates could last until the summer of 2023.

On June 29, after almost ten months of a “historic” trial, Salah Abdeslam was sentenced to incompressible life imprisonment by the special Assize Court of Paris for his role in the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris and Saint-Denis.

He became the fifth man in France sentenced to life imprisonment, the highest penalty in the criminal code, which makes any possibility of release minimal.

He did not appeal, making his conviction final.

The court found the 32-year-old Frenchman, the only surviving member of the jihadist commandos that killed 130 and injured hundreds in Paris and Saint-Denis, guilty of being the “co-author” of a “unique scene of crime”: the Stade de France, the machine-gunned Parisian terraces and the Bataclan.

His 19 co-defendants (six of them, five of whom were presumed dead, were tried in their absence) were sentenced to terms ranging from two years’ imprisonment to irreducible life imprisonment. None of them appealed either.

At the trial of the Brussels attacks, Salah Abdeslam will be tried alongside four of his co-accused from Paris: Mohamed Abrini, the “man in the hat”, the Swede Osama Krayem, the Tunisian Sofien Ayari and the Belgian-Moroccan Ali El Haddad Asufi .

They must also be transferred to Belgium. Mohammed Abrini arrived there on Tuesday and was imprisoned in a prison in the country, two other sources close to the case and one of his lawyers, Stanislas Eskenazi, told AFP.

Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Belgium on March 18, 2016, after several months on the run. He was definitively handed over to France under a European arrest warrant a month later. He will return to serve his sentence in France, after the Belgian trial.

Once all his convictions are final, it will be legally possible for him to ask to serve his sentence in Belgium, where he grew up and where all his family resides.


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