Belgium Approves Extradition of “Man in Hat”

Belgium Approves Extradition of “Man in Hat”

A Belgian court has approved the transfer of a key suspect in the Paris terror attacks claimed by the self-styled Islamic State militant group to France.  But the process could take time due to his involvement in the Brussels terror attacks. Belgian federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the approval of terror suspect Mohamed Abrini’s extradition to Franceover his involvement in the Paris terror attacks last year, which killed 130 people, DPA reported.  A court in Brussels accepted the European arrest warrant issued last week against Abrini, known as the “man in the hat” suspect involved in the Brussels terror attacks in March.  However, the court remanded the terror suspect for one month due to his involvement in the Brussels airport and metro attacks, which left at least 32 people dead and hundreds more injured.  Abrini could also be questioned in Belgium by French investigators, the spokesman added.  In April, Belgium extradited Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the Paris and Brussels attacks. Some 300 Belgian nationals have left the country to fight alongside militant groups in Syria, including IS.


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