Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in November’s Paris attacks will now be extradited to France following an approval by a court in Brussels.
BBC reports that extradition could take several weeks because of his interrogation over his possible involvement in Brussels attacks, which killed 31 and wounded more than 300. However, French and Belgian officials have yet to decide the process of extradition.
“As Salah Abdeslam had declared to agree to be transferred to France, a federal magistrate took his formal declaration today. The transfer is possible,” said the prosecutor’s office.
Abdeslam was detained following a raid on the Molenbeek area of Brussels earlier this month. His arrest came after a row of police raids in Brussels. After his detention, he was initially questioned over the Paris attacks. But then the Brussels attacks happen.
He is believed to have links with the two bombers involved in the Brussels incident. His fingerprints were traced in a rented flat of Khalid el-Bakraoui, one of the metro bombers.
Cedric Moisse, a lawyer for Abdeslam, had earlier said that Abdeslam objected to the extradition to France. But later dropped it saying he already wished to cooperate with the French authorities.
“Salah Abdeslam wants to be handed over to the French authorities. I can also confirm that he wants to cooperate with the French authorities,” said Moisse.
In September, Najim Laachraoui, who blew himself at Brussels airport was stopped by the police on the Hungarian border with Austria. He was with Abdeslam.
Yahoo News reports that Zaventem airport which was rocked by bomb attacks in Brussels is ready to open. Although, it would not recommence the flights. Over the travel chaos at the airport, the staff also carried out drills this week to enhance the security facilities and to test check-in facilities.
Last week, Dutch police arrested a Frenchman on the suspicion of planning attacks in France. The 32-year old man was believed to have been planning attacks with Reda Kriket (34), who had links with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected leader of the Paris attacks.