Belgium hands suspect in Paris attacks to France for a day
search

Belgium hands suspect in Paris attacks to France for a day

Osama Krayem, a Swede of Syrian origin, is thought to have played key role in 2015 Paris attacks and 2016 Brussels bombings claimed by Islamic State

Rescue workers tend to victims of a jihadi terror attack in the 10th district of Paris, November 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)
Rescue workers tend to victims of a jihadi terror attack in the 10th district of Paris, November 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Belgian authorities on Monday handed a key suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks and 2016 Brussels bombings over to France for questioning, ahead of possible terror charges by French prosecutors.

Osama Krayem, a Swede of Syrian origin, was transferred “for one day to the French judicial authorities on the subject of his hearing and possible indictment by the investigating judge in Paris,” Belgian prosecutors said in a statement.

Investigators suspect the 25-year-old of playing a key role in the jihadist cell behind the attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people, and in Brussels, which left 32 people dead. Both were claimed by the Islamic State group.

Krayem is suspected of buying the bags used for the Brussels attacks and was caught on CCTV with suicide bomber Khalid El Bakraoui, both carrying huge backpacks, minutes before one of the blasts. Krayem failed to go through with his suicide attack.

Like other members of the cell, Krayem traveled to Syria after 2014, before apparently hiding himself among migrants in order to return to Europe from Syria in 2015.

He was arrested in Brussels in April 2016, yet two years later, questions remain over Krayem’s true role in the attacks. Questioned repeatedly in Belgium, he has denied any role in the Paris attacks and in making bombs.

According to the terms of the arrest warrant issued by France in 2016, Krayem faces questioning and possible charges for “involvement in terrorist murders,” “associating with terrorist criminals,” and for producing explosive devices.

Traces of Krayem’s DNA were found in several hideouts in Belgium used by the Paris attackers, in particular, in the place used to make the explosive belts used in the Paris attacks.

read more:
comments