Lawyers for Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in last year’s Islamist attacks in Paris say they will no longer defend him as he has chosen to remain silent.
The attacks in Paris last November killed 130 people. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the coordinated assaults on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the Stade de France. Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels in March and has kept silent since his transfer to France in April.
Salah Abdeslam is angered at being placed under 24-hour video surveillance.
Frank Berton (standing alongside fellow lawyer Sven Mary) told BFM TV, “We said from the beginning… that if our client remained silent we would quit his defence.” Berton added, the decision to monitor Abdeslam was a “political” one.
Legal representation is not required while the investigation continues but will be at his trial.
“The real victims of all of this are the victims of the Paris attacks, because they are entitled to this truth and they have the right to try to comprehend the incomprehensible,” Sven Mary said.