Belgium Formally Charges Man Suspected In Paris Attacks

Belgian federal prosecutors have formally charged a man in connection with the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.

The suspect, 31-year-old Belgian national Yassine Atar, has been charged with “terrorist assassinations and [with] participation as a leader in the activities of a terrorist group”, according to the Office of the Federal Prosecutor in Belgium. He was arrested five days after the Brussels attack in March 2016.

The suspect’s brother, Oussama Atar, remains at large and is also suspected of coordinating the attacks in Paris and Brussels. ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

An international warrant has been issued for Oussama, who is also known as Abu Ahmad.

The Atar brothers are cousins of the two bombers who detonated themselves in the Brussels attack, and Oussama is also suspected of recruiting two Iraqi suicide bombers who blew themselves up in Paris, killing 130 citizens.  The attackers responsible for the Paris attacks were operating from the Belgian capital.

Friday morning, a pre-trial committee ordered a one-month detention of the suspect.