Tag: Salah Abdeslam
The switch came under the influence of his childhood friend Abdelhamid Abaaoud who became a key figure for IS in Syria.
Salah Abdeslam has also refused to have photos or video taken of him during the four-day trial in Brussels.
Prosecutors hope the Brussels trial will yield clues about the attacks that killed 130 people in Paris but also the suicide bombings months later in Brussels.
The sole survivor of the jihadist team that wrought carnage in Paris 2 years ago goes on trial in Belgium on Monday.
Belgium's federal prosecutor also announced that the so-called "man in the hat" Mohamed Abrini, seen in CCTV footage at Brussels airport before the bombings last month, had been charged with "terrorist murders."
After his arrest in Brussels on March 18, Abdeslam answered some investigators' questions but then exercised his right to silence following the suicide bombings in Brussels on March 22 that killed 32 people.
Europe's most wanted man had been on the run for four months after the November 13 Paris suicide bomb and gun attacks in which 130 people were killed.
News and social media blackouts are often imposed by the government after terror attacks, which has already an unenviable record for locking up reporters.
BRUSSELS: Belgium pressed a huge manhunt Wednesday after Islamic State bombers attacked Brussels airport and a metro train, killing around 35 people and wounding...
Witnesses said victims lay in pools of blood at the airport, their limbs blown off. There were chaotic scenes as passengers fled in panic, with a thick plume of smoke rising from the main terminal building.
The blasts come days after the dramatic arrest in Brussels on Friday of Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people in November, after four months on the run.