Belgian Trial of Paris Attack Suspect Postponed to February 5

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Belgian police officer gestures outside the trial of Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam in Brussels
A Belgian police officer gestures to reporters outside the trial of Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, at a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) 

The Belgian trial of one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris has been postponed until Feb. 5, Belgian news agency Belga said on Monday

A French national but raised and resident in Brussels, Salah Abdeslam fled back to Belgium after the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015 that killed 130 people, hiding from police for months before being detained. Four days after his arrest on March 18, 2016, Brussels was hit by another deadly militant attack.

 

Belgian lawyer Mary, who is defending Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam leaves courthouse in Brussels
Belgian lawyer Sven Mary, who is defending Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, is surrounded by police officers as he leaves a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

 

He is standing trial in Belgium over his alleged involvement in a shootout with police in the Brussels borough of Forest three days before he was arrested close to his family home in the city.

 

 

Abdeslam, who was initially set to stand trial on Monday, has appointed a new lawyer. The lawyer had asked for more time to prepare his case. He was not present at the court on Monday, Belgian media said.

 

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

Handout file picture shows Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam on a call for witnesses notice released by the French Police Nationale information services on their twitter account
Handout file picture shows Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam on a call for witnesses notice released by the French Police Nationale information services on their twitter account November 15, 2015. Police Nationale/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

 

Belgian police officers stand guard outside trial of Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam in Brussels
Belgian police officers stand guard outside the trial of Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, at a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

 

Belgian police officers control the access outside the Abdeslam hearing in Brussels
Belgian police officers control the access outside the hearing for Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, at a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

 

Belgian Judge Keutgen presides over the hearing for the trial postponement of Abdeslam in Brussels
Belgian Judge Marie-France Keutgen presides over the hearing for the trial postponement of Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, at a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Pool

 

Belgian lawyer Mary, who is defending Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam leaves courthouse in Brussels
Belgian lawyer Sven Mary, who is defending Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, is surrounded by reporters and police officers as he leaves a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

 

Lawyers Delcoigne, Mary and Bauwens attend the hearing for the trial postponement of Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam in Brussels
Lawyers Romain Delcoigne, Sven Mary and Tom Bauwens attend the hearing for the trial postponement of Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, at a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Pool

 

Belgian lawyer Mary, who is defending Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam leaves courthouse in Brussels
Belgian lawyer Sven Mary, who is defending Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, is surrounded by police officers as he leaves a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

 

Belgian Judge Keutgen presides the hearing
Belgian Judge Marie-France Keutgen presides over the hearing for the trial postponement of Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, at a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Dirk Waem/Pool

 

Belgian lawyer Mary, who is defending Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam leaves courthouse in Brussels
Belgian lawyer Sven Mary, who is defending Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, is surrounded by reporters as he leaves a courthouse in Brussels, Belgium December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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