Belgium to mull extradition of Paris attacks suspect Abrini: prosecutors

3rd June 2016, Comments 0 comments

Belgium will next week examine France's request for the extradition of Mohamed Abrini, who has been linked to both the Paris and Brussels attacks, federal prosecutors said Friday.

A court hearing will be held in Brussels on January 9 to "examine the request" to transfer Abrini from Belgium to France, the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement.

In March, Belgian police arrested the 31-year-old Abrini, a key suspect in the Paris attacks last November 13 in which 130 people were killed.

He also turned out to be the so-called "man in the hat" seen in CCTV footage with two bombers shortly before they staged the Brussels airport assault on March 22.

The bombings, combined with another an hour later at a Brussels metro station, killed a total of 32 people.

© 2016 AFP

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