Paris suspect Abdeslam refused to cooperate after Brussels bombings

A key suspect in the Paris terrorist attacks refused to talk with police following this week's suicide bombings in Brussels, prosecutors said Friday.

Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels on the afternoon of March 18, four days before deadly terrorist attacks on the Belgian capital's international airport and Maelbeek subway station.

Abdeslam allegedly had planned to carry out a suicide bombing at the Stade de France football stadium during last November's attacks in Paris, but then backed out.

He remains in Belgian custody pending his handover to France, which is seeking to prosecute him for the Paris attacks.

Abdeslam was first questioned for several hours by investigators and a magistrate on March 19, after undergoing an operation on a leg injury that was caused by a police gunshot, the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said in a statement issued on Friday evening.

Abdeslam was questioned again on March 22 immediately after the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

"He refused to make any statement," the prosecutors said.

Abdeslam is next due in court on April 7.

Last update: Fri, 25/03/2016 - 22:26

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