Salah Abdeslam, suspected of playing a major part in November’s Paris attacks which killed 130 people, will appear before French magistrates on Wednesday following his extradition from Belgium, prosecutors in both countries announced.
Abdeslam, 26, was Europe’s most wanted fugitive until his capture in Brussels on March 18 after a four-month manhunt.
The prosecutor will request that he be held in custody, according to a statement.
“Salah Abdeslam has been handed over to the French authorities this morning,” Belgium’s federal prosecutors said in a statement, declining to give any further details.
Frank Berton, a high-profile French criminal lawyer, said he would lead Abdeslam’s defence and had visited his client for more than two hours last week in his prison cell in Belgium along with the Abdeslam’s Belgian lawyer Sven Mary.
Investigators have said Abdeslam told them he had arranged logistics for the November 13 attacks and had planned to blow himself up at a sports stadium in Paris but backed out at the last minute.
He is suspected of having rented two cars used to transport the attackers to and within the French capital.