Paris attacks suspect to sue French prosecutor

Salah Abdeslam

The lawyer defending the prime surviving suspect for the Nov. 13 Paris attacks said on Sunday he would sue a French prosecutor for divulging his client’s admission that he had planned to blow himself up with fellow Islamic State militants.

Speaking two days after Salah Abdeslam was captured during a police raid in Brussels, his lawyer Sven Mary accused the lead French investigator of violating judicial confidentiality.

“I cannot let this pass,” Mary told Belgian state broadcaster RTBF. Mary’s office was not available for comment, but RTBF said he would start legal proceedings on Monday.

The gun and bomb attacks on a sports stadium, bars and a concert hall killed 130 people and marked the deadliest militant strikes in Europe since 2004.

Abdeslam admitted to a Belgian magistrate that he had planned to take part in a suicide attack at the stadium, and French prosecutor Francois Molins disclosed this to reporters on Saturday.

At a Paris news conference, Molins read from Abdeslam’s statement, saying: “”He wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France and, I quote, backed out.”

Molins said people should treat with caution initial statements by the 26-year-old French national.

Abdeslam, who was caught by police in Brussels after an intense, four-month manhunt, spent his first night in a high security prison in the northwestern Belgian city of Bruges.

He is due to appear before a judge in Brussels on Wednesday, and RTBF quoted his lawyer as saying he would not seek to have him freed from police custody.

 

Reuters/UO