Paris Attacks Suspect Abdeslam Charged With 'Terrorist Murder'

© AFP 2022 / Kenzo TribouillardPolice officers stand next to the wanted notice of terrorist Salah Abdeslam (L) and Mohamed Abrini on December 3, 2015 at the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France, outside Paris.
Police officers stand next to the wanted notice of terrorist Salah Abdeslam (L) and Mohamed Abrini on December 3, 2015 at the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France, outside Paris. - Sputnik International
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Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been charged with "terrorist murder and participation in a terrorist group," according to Belgian prosecutors.

"Salah Abdeslam… [has] been charged by the investigating judge with participation in terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist organization," the Belgian federal prosecutors office's statement said as cited by Reuters.

Handout picture shows Belgian-born Abdeslam Salah seen on a call for witnesses notice released by the French Police Nationale information services - Sputnik International
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Abdeslam appeared before a Belgian court earlier in the day. He is wanted in France for helping organize and carry out the deadly November 13 terror attacks, which were claimed by Daesh terrorist group.

He was arrested on Friday during a raid by Belgian police in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, after a four-month manhunt.

A second man detained with Abdeslam, who had been identified as Monir Ahmed Alaaj alias Amine Choukri (both names appear on fake documents, according to investigators) has also been charged. A third man, who was also detained Friday, was charged with being part of a terrorist group and aiding criminals.

© REUTERS / Police Nationale/Handout Handout picture shows Belgian-born Abdeslam Salah seen on a call for witnesses notice released by the French Police Nationale information services on their twitter account, November 15, 2015.
Handout picture shows Belgian-born Abdeslam Salah seen on a call for witnesses notice released by the French Police Nationale information services on their twitter account, November 15, 2015. - Sputnik International
Handout picture shows Belgian-born Abdeslam Salah seen on a call for witnesses notice released by the French Police Nationale information services on their twitter account, November 15, 2015.

Earlier in the day, French President Francois Hollande said that Paris would ask for Abdeslam's quick extradition from Belgium to France as he is a French citizen.

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