Abdeslam could be flown daily by helicopter for trial in Brussels
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Abdeslam could be flown daily by helicopter for trial in Brussels

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Salah Abdeslam, who will be on trial in Brussels from 18 to 22 December for the March 2016 Dries Street shooting in Forest, could be transferred daily from the Ile-de-France Fleury-Merogis prison to the Courthouse, says on Monday La Dernière Heure. The Parquet de Paris does not confirm this information, and points to the Belgian Federal Prosecution Office, who refuse to comment.

Salah Abdeslam, the only live suspect behind the Paris attacks, was arrested in Molenbeek on 18 March 2016 after several months on the run. Three days earlier, he had managed to escape from police officers whom he had shot at, in Forest.

It was with complete discretion that he had been transferred by helicopter end of April from the Bruges Prison to France.

Salah Abdeslam, incarcerated in Fleury-Merogis detention facilities, south of Paris, has since expressed the desire to be present at his trial for the Forest shooting which will be held in Brussels in December.

The Bruges prison, with its secure incarceration unit, would be the only one in the country fit to accommodate the suspect. However, according to La Dernière Heure, the authorities would privilege another solution, that is, a daily transfer from France. 

Christopher Vincent
The Brussels Times