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Suspect on terror charges in Belgium

By AP Reporter

Published 28/11/2015

A Belgian Army soldier , right, patrols on a busy shopping street in Brussels on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Belgium raised its security level to the highest degree on Saturday as the manhunt continues for extremist Salah Abdeslam who took part in the Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
A Belgian Army soldier , right, patrols on a busy shopping street in Brussels on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Belgium raised its security level to the highest degree on Saturday as the manhunt continues for extremist Salah Abdeslam who took part in the Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Belgian authorities have charged a man with involvement in terror attacks as investigations into the Paris massacre continue.

The federal prosecutor's office said the unidentified man was arrested in Brussels on Thursday.

It also announced the man who drove fugitive Salah Abdeslam through the Belgian capital would be held for at least a month, despite being charged with no crime.

A lawyer for the detainee, identified only as Ali O, said Abdeslam had admitted that his brother had blown himself up in Pairs.

The lawyer also insisted his client was innocent and said: "You're not going to tell me that if you drive Salah Abdeslam a few kilometres through Brussels that you're part of a terrorist group."

Brussels' schools and subway system reopened on Wednesday but the terror alert level is expected to remain high across the country for the foreseeable future.

The news came as German prosecutors investigated if a suspect they have in custody had sold four of the assault rifles used in the attacks on Paris.

The 24-year-old German is suspected of delivering four Kalashnikovs to an address in the French capital, prosecutors said, adding that it was unclear who he is believed to have sold them to.

The unidentified man is also accused of converting legal starter pistols to fire live ammunition and selling them on the internet.

A spokesman said authorities had learned of the Paris connection while investigating the alleged starter pistols crime.

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