Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of the terrorists who died whilst letting off an explosive on March 22nd at Brussels Airport, stated in a recording that Mohamed Bakkali had no idea of El Bakraoui’s intentions when he hired the flats and cars on his behalf. The recording was found on a computer binned in Rue Max Roos. “He did it because we were friends. I had told him that I was wanted by police and that I needed some time to turn myself in,” claims El Bakraoui in part of the recording which La Dernière Heure (DH) has been able to listen to.
The jihadist indicates twice in this recording, lasting for around 90 seconds, that he is speaking freely and without being “under duress or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”
A criminal lawyer consulted by DH, says that this statement is only informative. It does not form any element of proof in the eyes of the law. Mohamed Bakkali, imprisoned since November 26th, is suspected by investigators of being one of the masterminds of the Paris attacks on November 13th.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)