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Lawyers 'will not defend' main Paris attacks suspect

Frank Berton (in picture), lawyer of Salah Abdeslam, said he was dropping the case because the Paris attacks suspect does not want any legal representation. Photograph: (Reuters)

Paris, France Oct 12, 2016, 06.39 AM (IST)

Lawyers for the lone surviving suspect of 2015 Paris attacks, in which 138 people were killed and over 368 others injured, said they will not defend him anymore, Reuters reported today.

Lawyers Frank Berton and Sven Mary, in a television interview, announced they had decided to drop Salah Abdeslam's defence over his silence and refusal to answer questions.

"We don't think that he will speak and he will use the right to remain silent," said lawyer Frank Berton.

Berton said Abdeslam had chosen to remain quiet to mark his protest against the constant surveillance in his high-security prison cell.

"We have seen him slide away. Being watched all the time, with infrared at night, that drives one crazy, and that is a consequence of a political decision (to put Abdeslam on continuous monitoring," Reuters quoted Berton as saying.???

"When you have the feeling of being there to make social visits to the prison, that is the moment when a decision has to be made," added Sven Mary.

Abdeslam was transferred to France to face charges for the coordinated assaults on Paris bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the national stadium on April 27. 

He has been accused of supplying logistical support to the assailants, driving them to target locations and helping them manufacture explosives used in the attack. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)


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