Salah Abdeslam, the ‘‘Scarlet Pimpernel’’ of the Paris massacres of 13 November 2015, was extradited from Belgium to France. The news – which had been already anticipated by the Belgian daily Dh – was confirmed by the Belgian federal prosecutor. The transfer would have taken place nighttime, so as to ensure absolute confidentiality and maximum security.
The terrorist’s new lawyer, Frank Berton, assured during an interview with La Voix du Nord that Salah “wants to explain before French justice as soon as possible.” What matters, he added, is that he gets a fair trial, that he is sentenced for things he did and not things that he did not do.”
The military helicopter transporting Salah landed at 9:05 this morning at the military base in Velizy-Villacoublay, near Paris. The first interrogation will take place in the afternoon. Afterwards, the formerly wanted man will be transferred to a maximum security prison in Ile-de-France, where he will be placed in solitary confinement, under the surveillance of guards specifically trained to control “dangerous” individuals.