Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam absent as trial resumes

The trial of the surviving suspect from the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris has resumed - without the suspect in court.

Salah Abdeslam had informed the tribunal that he did not want to come to Thursday's hearing in Brussels - the first since he was initially brought before the court on Monday.

He and another man, Sofiane Ayari, face charges of attempted murder in a terrorist context over a March 15 2016 shootout with police in the Belgian capital.

Abdeslam, who at the time was Europe's most-wanted fugitive, escaped out of a window with Ayari.

A third Islamic State suspect died.

The pair were captured a few days later.

On March 22 2016, IS suicide bombers struck the Brussels metro and airport.

Prosecutors have asked for the maximum 20-year prison term.

- PA

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