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Mohamed Abrini turned often called the “man within the hat” after the Brussels bombings

Brussels airport assault suspect Mohamed Abrini has been positioned beneath formal investigation in France over the 2015 Paris terror assaults, his attorneys say.

Mohamed Abrini, dubbed the “man within the hat” after being filmed with the bombers who attacked Brussels airport final March, was handed over to French authorities for a day so he could possibly be charged.

He was arrested final April in Brussels.

The gun and bomb assaults in Paris on 13 November 2015 killed 130 individuals.

Mohamed Abrini was noticed in a automobile with key Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam when it stopped at a petroleum station in Ressons two days earlier than the assaults on the French capital.

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Mohamed Abrini was noticed driving the Renault Clio to Paris

His fingerprints and DNA have been present in two “protected homes” in Brussels, in addition to in a automobile used through the Paris assaults.

Following his arrest, he additionally admitted selecting up Salah Abdeslam after the assaults and driving him again to Belgium.

Mohamed Abrini was pushed to Paris from Belgium in a closely armed convoy so the case in opposition to him could possibly be formally launched, BFMTV reported.

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He was not requested any questions throughout his courtroom look in entrance of six judges, his lawyer Emmanuel Pierrat mentioned in an announcement.

Nevertheless, Mr Pierrat mentioned Mohamed Abrini was in Belgium when the assaults in Paris have been carried out on 13 November 2015.

He additionally mentioned the truth that his consumer was being investigated in each France and Belgium over the Paris assaults might result in authorized problems.

Mohamed Abrini can also be beneath investigation in Belgium over the bomb assault on Brussels Zaventem Airport final March, which together with an assault on a metro station within the metropolis killed 32 individuals.

Each the Paris and Brussels assaults have been claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.