Mohamed Abdeslam, brother of Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving perpetrator of the deadly Paris attacks, has been arrested, the Brussels Prosecutor’s office confirmed on Saturday. He has been arrested in connection with the theft of 70,000 euros being transported by Molenbeek-Saint-Jean employees, which was stolen on the 23rd of January. This confirms reports by the Sudpresse and La Dernière Heure. Mohamed Abdeslam denies the charges. Another man was also arrested and they will both appear before the Council Chamber on Wednesday.
Three commune employees heading to the bank were attacked by a man wielding a knife at 2pm on the 23rd of January. While it is possible to pay the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean commune electronically, a lot of people choose to pay by cash and this money is taken to the bank regularly.
The attacker fled with the money. The Brussels Prosecutor’s office has not wanted to reveal the exact amount that was stolen, but well-informed sources said it was 70,000 euros.
“Four people were arrested on the 22nd of February, and they will appear before the Instruction judge on Friday”, says the spokesman for the Brussels Prosecutor’s office, Ine Van Wymersch. “The instruction judge placed two of them under arrest. They were charged with violence involving a weapon. One of the people arrested is M.A”. The Prosecutor’s office won’t comment further as the investigation is still ongoing.