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Trial of Salah Abdeslam suspected of Paris attacks to be delayed

By Raf Casert

A much-awaited trial involving the lone surviving suspect in the November 2015 Paris massacre looks set to be postponed.

The move is due to the appointment of a defence lawyer who still needs time to prepare his client's case.

A Belgian official close to the Paris attacks investigation said that Salah Abdeslam, currently held in France, "will not show up. There will be no transfer" to Brussels on Monday for the opening day of the court case.

The trial relates to a shooting in 2016 in Brussels, some four months after the Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead.

Belgian prosecutors allege Abdeslam was involved in the 2016 shooting as police were looking for him, when he was on the run.

The official added that the case will open on Monday, explaining that the lawyer is expected to show up and ask for a postponement.

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