Belgium hands 2015 Paris attacks suspect to France

Osama Krayem, a Swede of Syrian origin, was transferred 'for one day to the French judicial authorities on the subject of his hearing and possible indictment by the investigating judge in Paris' over the November 13th 2015 Islamic State shooting and bombing attacks in Paris, Belgian prosecutors said in a statement.

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Belgian authorities on Monday handed a key suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks and 2016 Brussels bombings over to France for questioning ahead of possible terror charges by French prosecutors, reports FRANCE 24.

Osama Krayem, a Swede of Syrian origin, was transferred "for one day to the French judicial authorities on the subject of his hearing and possible indictment by the investigating judge in Paris", Belgian prosecutors said in a statement.

Investigators suspect the 25-year-old of playing a key role in the jihadist cell behind the attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people, and Brussels, which left 32 people dead. Both were claimed by the Islamic State group.

Krayem is suspected of buying the bags used for the Brussels attacks and was caught on CCTV minutes before one of the blasts with suicide bomber Khalid El Bakraoui both carrying huge backpacks. Krayem failed to go through with his suicide attack.

Like other members of the cell, Krayem travelled to Syria after 2014 before apparently hiding himself among migrants in order to return to Europe from Syria in 2015.

Two years after he was arrested in Brussels in April 2016, questions remain over Krayem's true role in the attacks. Questioned repeatedly in Belgium, he has denied any role in the Paris attacks and in making bombs.

 Read more of this AFP report published by FRANCE 24.

 

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