Belgium wants Greece to extradite terror suspect

2015-01-19 05:00
A Belgian para-commando in Brussels. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP)

A Belgian para-commando in Brussels. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP)

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Brussels - Belgium will request the extradition of a suspect arrested in Greece who could be linked to a jihadist cell smashed by Belgian security forces earlier last week, federal prosecutors said on Sunday.

"Out of two suspects arrested, there is one who could be linked" to the group, the prosecutors' spokesperson Thierry Werts told RTL television. "There are sufficient elements to seek his extradition," he said.

He declined to comment on the identity of the suspect or his alleged role in the cell, which according to Belgian police was planning to kill police officers.

Belgian media have named Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian of Moroccan descent, as the presumed mastermind of the cell, which was dismantled in an anti-terror raid in eastern Belgium on Thursday. Two suspects were killed in the police operation.

Belgium's Flemish-language VTM channel reported that Abaaoud had made calls from Greece to the brother of one of the two heavily armed suspects killed in the town of Verviers.

Justice Minister Koen Geens said on Sunday that Abaaoud was not one of the two suspects detained in Athens and remained at large.

The second suspect was released from custody without charge on Sunday, a Greek police source said.

The foiled attacks in Belgium have prompted arrests in several European countries. Belgium has so far charged five people with "participating in the activities of a terrorist group" and has requested the extradition of two suspects arrested in France.

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