Belgium agrees to extradite 2 Paris attack suspects to France

June 16, 2016 17:56


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BRUSSELS - A Belgian court on Thursday cleared the extradition to France of two suspects under investigation in connection with Islamist militant attacks in Paris that killed 130 people last November, the Belgian government said.

A government statement said a Brussels appeals court "declared enforceable" European arrest warrants issued by France for Mohamed Amri and Ali Oulkadi.

The prime surviving suspect of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks is Salah Abdeslam, a French citizen who was born and raised in Belgium. He was captured in Brussels after a four-month manhunt on March 18 and handed over to France on April 27.

In May, France sought the extradition of Amri, who investigators say drove to Paris shortly after the attacks to fetch Abdeslam and bring him back to Belgium, and Oulkadi, a Frenchman who lived in Brussels and is accused of driving Abdeslam on Nov. 14.

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