Salah Abdeslam’s arrest could lead to more information on ISIS, but the question is whether he will be ready to talk, Brice De Ruyver said on Saturday. He is a criminologist at Ghent University.
“He is the last surviving Paris terrorist. Because of that, his arrest could give law enforcement a lot of leads to follow. This is why France wants to get their hands on him quickly”, added Brice De Ruyver.
“His network could also be analysed. Where has he been hiding over the last few months? Who helped him? And he could also give us information on the Islamic State itself. Although, of course, he doesn’t know everything”, the criminologist said.
It remains to be seen whether Salah Abdeslam will want to cooperate with investigators. “He holds the keys, but that doesn’t mean he will want to talk. Especially as it is not in his interest. It will be difficult”, the expert said.
He added that Friday’s arrest proves that Belgian’s law enforcement services are doing good work, despite the limited means at their disposal. “With this type of case, you sometimes have to rely on luck. And you can sometimes make your own luck by working hard on a case”, said Brice De Ruyver.