Suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam has been placed under formal investigation on charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation, murder, kidnapping and holding weapons and explosives.
ABC News (
ABC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC/status/725320143316881408">April 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b> </b> The 26-year-old was extradited from Belgium to France early on Wednesday. <b> </b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Frank Berton, la "bête de scène" qui va défendre Salah Abdeslam <a href="https://t.co/zO2KjJOTNy">https://t.co/zO2KjJOTNy</a> <a href="https://t.co/R9Yvdn10SB">pic.twitter.com/R9Yvdn10SB</a></p>— L'Obs (lobs) April 27, 2016
His lawyer Frank Berton made the following statement: “I think it’s important for everybody to know that he wants to explain himself. So now, we are at the very beginning of the investigation and legal proceedings. This is his first appearance. He was notified of the charges against him. He is in detention. A copy of the file has been handed to me and we’ll get to work and then we will be heard by the judges. “
He is currently being held in solitary confinement
in Fleury-Mérogis, a prison outside the capital, as the case against him is compiled.
Lebienpublic) <a href="https://twitter.com/Lebienpublic/status/725370243514793989">April 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b> </b> Abdeslam is believed to be the only surviving member of the gang that slaughtered 130 people in Paris on November 30. <b> </b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Very humbling to visit the site of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bataclan?src=hash">#bataclan</a> tragedy.<br>- In silent memory of the victims <a href="https://t.co/lBflx4U0NY">pic.twitter.com/lBflx4U0NY</a></p>— Nick Brooks (nickabrooks) April 20, 2016
Two others involved were killed five days later in a police raid.