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Paris Attacks Victims' Families to Sue Belgium for Not Prosecuting Radicals

© AFP 2021 / Bertrand GuayA photo taken on November 17, 2015 in Paris shows the Eiffel Tower illuminated with the colors of the French national flag in tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks.
A photo taken on November 17, 2015 in Paris shows the Eiffel Tower illuminated with the colors of the French national flag in tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks. - Sputnik International
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Seventeen families of the Paris attacks victims intend to sue Belgium for failing to prosecute the Abdeslam brothers despite having information about their radicalization, the families' lawyer said Monday.

PARIS (Sputnik) — The relatives of the victims insist that the Belgian authorities had information that Salah and Ibrahim Abdeslam, who took part in the attacks on Paris, were radicalized but no action was taken.

"Despite the signs from the surveillance services in charge of monitoring people preparing for armed attacks, people who were known to be radicals were not prosecuted. The result is known — the deaths of innocent people. We are taking legal action against Belgium so that this failure will not happen again," lawyer Samia Maktouf was quoted as saying by the RTL radio station.

Frank Berton, lawyer of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, speaks to the press at the Paris courthouse - Sputnik International
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According to a police report, the Belgian authorities ignored the fact that three weeks before the November 13 attacks in Paris, Salah Abdeslam posted the Daesh flag on his Facebook page. They were also aware that in 2015 he was in contact with a prominent figure in Daesh, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

At least 130 people were killed, while another 268 were wounded, in the November Paris attacks. Daesh, which is outlawed in Russia, France and many other countries, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Ibrahim Abdeslam blew himself up in front of a cafe in Paris. Saleh Abdeslam is believed to have provided logistical support to the suicide bombers and shooters. He was arrested on March 18 during a special anti-terrorist police operation in the Molenbeek district of Brussels.

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