Lawyer: Paris Suspect Ready to Cooperate

Salah Abdeslam to accept extradition to France
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2016 10:49 AM CDT
Lawyer: Paris Suspect Ready to Cooperate
Salah Abdeslam is arrested by police in Brussels, Belgium.   (VTM via AP)

A lawyer for Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam says he's finally ready "to cooperate with the French authorities," reports the Independent. At a Thursday hearing in Belgium—where Abdeslam was captured in the basement of a distant relative on March 18—his lawyer says the alleged terrorist no longer wants to fight his extradition to France and actually hopes it happens as soon as possible, reports the Wall Street Journal. The lawyer wouldn't say whether Abdeslam would reveal any insight into the Brussels attacks, of which he has claimed he had no knowledge, though DNA puts him in the same room as one of the attackers. However, Belgian authorities have come under fire for only briefly questioning Abdeslam upon his arrest as he required medical attention for a bullet wound.

That's hardly the only complaint. Authorities now say they rearrested a nephew of one of the Brussels suicide bombers on Sunday. A laptop found in the garbage outside the attackers' apartment first pointed authorities to Yassin Attar, 29, who was found with traces of explosives on his person but released with an electronic bracelet. Why isn't clear. He's now charged with participation in a terrorist group. Belgian police also say they warned the country's counterterrorism forces that suspects were conducting reconnaissance missions on the airport and train and bus stations before the Brussels attacks on March 22. Police add the fact that people with prior criminal convictions "can continue to work at extremely security-sensitive locations in and around the airport, is hallucinatory." (More Salah Abdeslam stories.)

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