April 23, 2018 / 8:57 AM / in 6 months

Paris attacks suspect gets 20-year sentence in Brussels trial

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian judge on Monday sentenced Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect in the 2015 Islamic State attacks on Paris, to 20 years in prison over a shootout with police in Brussels in 2016.

FILE PHOTO - View of a courtroom ahead of the trial of Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, at Brussels Palace of Justice, Belgium, January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Abdeslam’s co-defendant Sofien Ayari also received a 20-year term for attempted terrorist murder.

While his lawyer argued Abdeslam, 28, should be acquitted because of a procedural error, prosecutors had charged him with attempted murder over the Brussels shootout in March 2016, days before his arrest, and called for a jail term of 20 years.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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