Ayoub Bazarouj, the tenth suspect in the Belgium inquiry concerning the Paris attacks, appeared on Tuesday before the Brussels Chambre du Conseil (the court which sits in chambers). His barrister, Yannick De Vlaemynck, requested his release. The latter stated that there is no evidence against his client. “He played no part during the attacks, nor did he help Salah Abdeslam to hide, and he had no contact with him,” Maître De Vlaemynck asserts.
Ayoub Bazarouj was arrested for questioning last week on December 30th on Chaussée de Gand, whilst at the same time the federal criminal police were searching his home located on Molenbeek-Saint-Jean’s Rue Delaunoy.
Last November 16th, three days after the Paris attacks, the federal criminal police searched this dwelling using significant police resources, in the hope of intercepting Salah Abdeslam. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office at that time had serious evidence of either the presence of Abdeslam at this house or that he had visited it, however they did not find the fugitive there.
“There is no proof that Salah stayed at this house. The story that he left it covertly when feigning moving house is pure fantasy. My client had seen Salah Abdeslam around the neighbourhood but had no particular contact with him. He played no role in the attacks,” indicated Maître Vlaemynck.