Brussels hearing expected to prolong Abdeslam detention

Since his March 18 arrest the Belgian-born French national has been in a prison in the Belgian city of Bruges

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A legal hearing is taking place in Brussels in which Belgian judges are expected to rule to continue to hold Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in detention.

His lawyer, Sven Mary, attended the court Thursday morning, but Abdeslam himself was not seen being brought to the court.

Thursday’s hearing is a formality required by Belgian judicial procedure.

Since his March 18 arrest the Belgian-born French national has been in a prison in the Belgian city of Bruges. France has requested his extradition.

Abdeslam fled to Belgium after the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris and was arrested after four months on the run.

He is under preliminary terrorism charges in France for the attacks, which killed 130 people.

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