Monday, October 17, 2016

The vibrant appeal of the brother of Salah Abdeslam – The Point

His face tells you maybe nothing, but its name is one of the most famous in France : Mohamed Abdeslam, is the brother of Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspected organizers of the terrorist attacks in Paris, which were 130 dead and Brahim Abdeslam, one of the bombers of the 13th of November. This Monday and for the first time, he has agreed to answer questions of Marc-Olivier Fogiel and addressed directly to his brother.

Arrested in Belgium on march 18, and then transferred to Fleury-Mérogis, where he was placed under video surveillance 24h/24, Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the commando, 13 November, is walled up in the silence, refusing, repeatedly, to explain his role in the attacks, with the co-investigating judges. Its lawyers themselves, chose, in the face of his silence, not to act. “I have the feeling of a huge mess. I saw Salah Abdeslam sinking from month to month, ” explained Franck Berton, the ex-lawyer of the accused, on 12 October last. An analysis that is now sharing Mohamed Abdeslam, who has decided to come out of the silence.

” I asked my brother to speak “

Asked by Marc-Olivier Fogiel for RTL, the brother of Salah Abdeslam did not mince his words : “Very clearly, this evening, I ask my brother to speak,” he said. Before adding : “I want to know what is the degree of involvement, what has he done exactly, what happened before and after “, aware that his silence weighs in particular on the families of the victims. The man also said he had asked his brother, ” a few days after the events of Paris to get to justice “.

Mohamed Abdeslam is one of the only people to have been in contact with Salah Abdeslam, particularly during his detention in Belgium : “During my visits here in Belgium, I really had a Salah Abdeslam ready to express themselves, it is really the attitude that emanated from him. A few months after that, it is another person that I have in front of me. I found that Salah was more withdrawn, more closed in on itself, ” he says. The brother of the suspected terrorist goes even further, affirming that his brother is even more radicalized since his incarceration in France : “I have the impression that all of these conditions of detention (Salah Abdeslam was placed in isolation and monitored by cameras 24h/24, editor’s note) the contain on itself. I have the impression that it is somewhere even more radicalized “. Mohamed Abdeslam refutes, however, any theory of suicide concerning his brother : “If Salah Abdeslam had wanted to put an end to his days, he would have been able to do so, in particular, on 13 November, including the day of his arrest at Molenbeek “, loose there. Another certainty for the brother of Salah Abdeslam : he has in front of him, ” a person who has regrets.”

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