Greek police confirm Belgium's extradition request following Islamist attack

By REUTERS
January 19, 2015 03:38

 
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Belgian prosecutors have asked for the extradition of a person detained in Greece over a possible link with a foiled Islamist plot to attack Belgian police, officials said on Sunday.

Greek and Belgian officials had said earlier there was no connection between the detention of more than half a dozen people on Saturday in Athens and events last week in Belgium, where police carried out deadly raids.

"Further analysis of the elements of our investigation gave us enough reasons to ask for the extradition of one of the persons that were arrested yesterday by the Greek authorities," the Belgian federal prosecutors' office said in a statement.

In Greece, police confirmed they had received the extradition request late on Sunday.

"The request is for a man that Greek police detained since Saturday, about 30 years old, probably Moroccan. An arrest warrant will be issued tomorrow in coordination with the Greek prosecutor," a senior Greek police official told Reuters.

On Thursday, police killed two gunmen during raids in the east Belgian town of Verviers.

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