Paris attacks suspect to face trial in Belgium over shoot-out with police

Salah Abdeslam, who is currently in jail in France, as seen in a photo released by the French police on Nov 15, 2015.
Salah Abdeslam, who is currently in jail in France, as seen in a photo released by the French police on Nov 15, 2015.PHOTO: AFP/POLICE NATIONALE

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the 2015 Islamist attacks on Paris who is currently jailed in France, will face trial in Belgium over a police shoot-out at his suspected hideout in Brussels, Belgian prosecutors said on Thursday (Aug 17).

Abdeslam left Paris hours after his brother blew himself up outside a cafe in November as part of an Islamist attack which killed 130 victims.

As investigators hunted for Abdeslam in the weeks after the Paris attacks, several Belgian police officers were wounded in a shoot-out during a raid on a Brussels apartment where he was thought to be hiding out.

Prosecutors say Abdeslam was one of two people who managed to escape from the shooting in the Brussels district of Forest, and will stand trial for the attempted murder of several police officers.

A date for his Belgian trial is not yet set, prosecutors added, and it is unclear whether Abdeslam, who is also awaiting trial in France, will be present at the proceedings.

Abdeslam has refused to speak about the attacks to investigators in France and does not have legal representation in Belgium.