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Abdeslam, Krayem and three other defendants refuse to appear again
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Five defendants at the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015, including Salah Abdeslam and Osama Krayem, refused to appear at the hearing on November 26, as the day before. So she resumed without them.

Salah Abdeslam, Mohamed Abrini, Sofien Ayari and Osama Krayem had already refused to take place in the box on November 25 to contest the physical absence at the stand and the anonymization of Belgian investigators called to testify at the trial of the November 13 attacks 2015. They were joined on November 26 in their refusal of cell extraction by a fifth accused, Mohamed Bakkali.

The first of the three Belgian investigators to intervene this November 26 must evoke the stay in Syria of the big brother of Salah Abdeslam, Brahim, and his career until the end of August 2015. The latter died by blowing himself up on November 13, 2015 in Comptoir Voltaire in the 11th arrondissement of Paris after having participated in the assassinations of the terraces.

Belgian investigators have obtained the opportunity to testify anonymously by videoconference from Brussels after a request to this effect from the Belgian judicial authorities.

In a letter dated November 15 and consulted by AFP, the Federal Prosecutor of Belgium Frédéric Van Leeuw estimated that the lack of anonymization of Belgian investigators presented “a real legal problem”.

He added that under the legislation of his country, he could refuse to grant the request to hear the investigators called as witnesses or grant it “only on condition that the identity of the Belgian anti-terrorist police officers did not not publicly disclosed ”, which defense lawyers described as“ blackmail ”.

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