Belgium puts terror cell on trial

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Belgium puts terror cell on trial

Belgium puts terror cell on trial

  • 9 May 2016
  • From the section Europe
Belgian lawyer speaks to Verviers suspect on 15 AprilImage copyright EPA
Image caption Four of the suspects due to appear in court are being held in detention

Four people are going on trial in Belgium accused of being part of a group linked to the Islamists who attacked Paris and Brussels.

Police broke up the cell when they raided a house in Verviers in eastern Belgium in January 2015.

Although several suspects are due to appear in court in Brussels, nine others are still on the run.

Prosecutors believe the group was run by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a ringleader of the 13 November attacks in Paris.

He was killed in a shootout in Paris days after the gun and bomb attacks in which 130 people were murdered.

Among those due to appear in court on Monday is Marouane El Bali, 26, who was arrested in the 15 January police raid, in which two other suspects were killed.

At the time of the raid, prosecutors said the Verviers group had returned from fighting in Syria and were poised to carry out an attack.

Source: BBC World

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