Paris attack suspect Abdeslam to be extradited to France 'in a few weeks': lawyer

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 3:47 PM

Abdeslam, who returned from Paris hours after the Islamic State attacks in which his brother blew himself up, hid from police for four months until he was captured in a raid on a house in the Brussels district of Molenbeek on March eighteen.

Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in November'south Paris attacks, will be extradited to France from Belgium in a few weeks to authorize for extra questioning by Belgian investigators, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Abdeslam, who returned from Paris hours after the Islamic State attacks in which his brother blew himself up, hid from police for four months until he was captured in a raid on a house in the Brussels district of Molenbeek on March 18.

His finger prints were found three days earlier in an apt in the southern Brussels borough of Forest after a gunbattle during which an Islamist gunman was shot deceased and four police officers were injured. [nL5N16O1YZ]

Prosecutors wish to question him about that incident, his lawyer said. "There is a hearing, which will get space regarding the attempted murder of several police officers during the residence look for in Forest," Sven Mary told reporters.

Abdeslam, who previously said that he wanted to be extradited to France, wasn't present at a Ct hearing in Brussels on Thursday.

"As I said, he wishes to go to France and that's the reason that things necessity to proceed and why we hope that it'll be over in a few weeks," Mary added.

The shooting and bombing rampage by Islamic State militants killed one hundred thirty people in Paris on Nov. 13.

(Reporting by January Vermeylen; Writing by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Philip Blenkinsop/Label Heinrich)

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