Paris Attacks Suspect Gets 20-Year Sentence in Brussels Trial

(From The Guardian)

Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Belgium after being found guilty of the attempted murder of police officers in a shootout in Brussels in March 2016.

Abdeslam’s accomplice, Sofien Ayari, was also given a 20-year sentence for his role in the shooting, which left four officers injured. Neither man appeared in court, as judges read out their verdict during a three-hour session at the Palais de Justice in Brussels.

The two men were also convicted for possessing firearms and each fined €12,000.

Abdeslam is being held in a high-security prison in northern France. His trial on charges relating to the Paris attacks, which left 130 dead, is expected to begin in 2020.

After the Paris atrocities, Abdeslam fled to Belgium, hiding out in different locations in the capital. Belgian police discovered him by chance, when a routine visit to what they thought was an empty flat turned into a shootout.

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