Suspect in Paris Attacks Won’t Fight Extradition to France, Wants to ‘Explain Himself’

Salah Abdeslam
Salah Abdeslam

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam will not fight extradition to France, his lawyer said Thursday.

Sven Mary spoke to journalists outside a hearing in Brussels on Thursday morning after Abdeslam’s arrest last week in the Belgian capital.

Mary said that Abdeslam wants to “leave for France as quickly as possible” so that he can “explain himself” to France, according to multiple media reports including by France 24 and posts by journalists on social media.

France seeks to extradite Abdeslam, 26, in connection with the November attacks that killed 130 people.

Belgian investigators also suspect Abdeslam may have known something about the terrorist attacks in Brussels this week that killed 31 people and wounded several hundred.

Mary said that Abdeslam claimed no knowledge about the attacks.

At the hearing, he requested a decision on extradition be delayed for one month while he examines Abdeslam’s case.

SOURCE: Kim Hjelmgaard and Jane Onyanga-Omara
USA TODAY