Salah Abdeslam is on trial in Brussels this week for charges unrelated to the 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people.
Abdeslam and his co-conspirator, Sofian Ayari, shot and wounded Belgian and French police officers. The men are accused of possessing illegal firearms, committing acts of terrorism, and the attempted murder of police officers. They could face up to 40 years in prison if they are found guilty.
Abdeslam has refused to speak with police since his arrest in 2016. He has also refused to have photos or videos taken of him during his trial, according to the judge in the case, Marie-France Keutgen.
The trial is being held at the Palais de Justice in central Brussels under high security. More than 200 police officers are on alert outside the courthouse.
Another trial will be held in France regarding Adbeslam’s involvement in the Paris attacks, with hearings to begin sometime in late 2019, according to sources close to the case. Adbeslam was the only attacker to escape Paris but was caught in Brussels four months after the attacks.
Adbeslam was part of a team that carried out coordinated terrorist attacks at several locations around Paris on November 13, 2015, killing 130 people and wounding nearly 500 others.