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    Lawyer of Paris Attacks Suspect to Launch Legal Action

    FILE - Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian national French police are searching for in connection with Paris terror attacks. (Police Nationale Handout Photo)
    FILE - Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian national French police are searching for in connection with Paris terror attacks. (Police Nationale Handout Photo)
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    The lawyer defending Europe's most wanted terror suspect Salah Abdeslam says he will sue French prosecutors for releasing confidential information regarding the investigation.

    Sven Mary told Belgian state broadcaster RTBF that part of the press conference given by lede prosecutor Francois Mollins "violated judiciary confidentiality".

    At a Paris news conference last week, Mullings read from a statement of Salah Abdeslam's saying that he wanted to blow himself up outside a football (soccer) stadium, but changed his mind.

    Mary said Saturday his client is cooperating with Belgian police, but will fight extradition to France.

    The international police agency, Interpol, urged governments to be extra vigilant at their borders, saying Abdeslam's accomplices may try to flee Europe.
     
    The Associated Press news agency quotes Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders saying that Abdeslam had claimed that “he was ready to restart something from Brussels.”

    In comments to security experts at a German Marshall Fund conference in Brussels, Reynders authorities have found more than 30 people involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris, but that there are possibly others.

    Interpol has urged border control agents look out for stolen passports and faked travel documents.

    Paris Attacks Suspect Captured Alive in Belgian Raidi
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    March 18, 2016 8:51 PM
    The top suspect linked to the November 13 terror attacks in France has been arrested in Belgium, a Belgian minister said Salah Abdeslam was arrested by Belgian police during a raid Friday in the Molenbeek area of Brussels.

    Police captured Abdeslam in the Molenbeek area of Brussels after a four-month long manhunt. Three other people were arrested during Friday’s raid. Prosecutors identified them as members of a family that hid Abdeslam.

    Abdeslam's exact whereabouts between the November 13 terror attack and this week were unclear. But police  became certain he was in Brussels when they found evidence during a raid on another house while hunting for another suspect.

    Abdeslam is suspected of helping others plot the attacks in Paris, including renting rooms for the terrorists and buying explosives.

    The gun and bomb attacked on the concert hall, cafes, and the football stadium killed 130 people.

    Islamic State claimed responsibility and Abdeslam's brother was among the suicide bombers. The attacks were prepared and coordinated, in part, in Brussels.

    Eleven people 11 people have been arrested and charged in Belgium in connection with the killings. Eight are still behind bars.

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