PARIS (AP) – The lead suspect in last November’s Paris attacks is being brought from a prison in a Paris suburb to the main Paris courthouse Friday to be questioned by investigating judges.
Authorities are hoping that Salah Abdeslam’s testimony will shed light on the Islamic State group’s strategies in Europe and whether there are additional suspects still alive who are believed to have played a direct role in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people.
According to his lawyer, Abdeslam has been charged with terrorist murders and using bombs and weapons for his alleged role in the terror attacks.
Abdeslam was on the run for nearly four months. Authorities finally captured him in Brussels, the Belgian capital, in March, just four days before suicide bombers attacked the Brussels airport and subway, killing more than 30 people.
Authorities say Abdeslam backed out of a suicide mission at the last minute and fled to Belgium.
His brother blew himself up in the Paris attacks.