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    Brussels Court May Rule on Extradition of Paris Attacks Suspect in 24 Hours

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    The decision on the extradition of the main suspect of the November 2015 Paris attacks from Belgium to France, Salah Abdeslam, who was detained in Brussels, can be taken within 24 hours, according to a source close to a legal community.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — The Council Chamber of Brussels can make a decision on extraditing the main suspect of the November 2015 Paris attacks to France in the next 24 hours, a source close to a legal community told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

    Salah Abdeslam was detained in Belgium on March 18 in the Belgian capital after spending over four months on the run. Paris subsequently filed a request for his extradition.

    "The decision can be taken within 24 hours after reviewing the request," the source said.

    Belgian authorities are set to review Abdeslam’s case after 4 p.m. local time (14:00 GMT) later in the day.

    Earlier on Thursday, the 26-year old suspect’s lawyer said Abdelslam had expressed his wish to collaborate with the French authorities.

    A series of terrorist attacks staged across several venues in Paris on November 13, 2015 claimed the lives of 130 people and injured over 350 others. The Islamic State terrorist group, outlawed in Russia, claimed responsibility for the attacks.


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