An escape like in action movies, facilitated by a clamorous flop in security systems. Salah Abdeslam, the most-wanted suspected Paris attacker was able to get away from Molenbeek on November 16, by hiding in a piece of furniture, probably a closet, during a move. This is the most accredited hypothesis among investigators, according to an anonymous sources quoted by RTBF Journal. The Belgian minister of justice, Koen Geens, confirmed that the authorities believed that the man was probably in a house, where a raid was carried out between November 15 and 16.
But the police could not break in till November 16 in the morning due to a 1969 law that forbids searches between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., with a few exceptions which do not include terrorism. When the agents entered the building, Abdelsam was no longer there, but there was evidence of his presence.
To intervene during the prohibited hours, in case of investigations on terrorism, it will be necessary to modify the Belgian criminal code, so as to authorize searches related to this kind of crimes 24 hours a day. Modifications to this law are among the 18 proposals the Belgian prime minister Charles Michel presented after the attacks in Paris in order to make the fight against terrorism more effective.