Paris Attacks Fugitive Abdeslam Contacts Belgian Lawyer

Belgian media reports cite the lawyer as saying that he would defend Abdeslam, a key suspect in the attacks that left 130 dead, if asked to.

A photo of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, released by the French police.
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REUTERS - Key Paris attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam has made contact with a Brussels-based defence lawyer Sven Mary, Belgium's Belga news agency reported on Thursday based on an unnamed source.

The November 13 attacks in Paris left 130 people killed and were largely prepared in Belgium, where authorities have since made more than a dozen arrests in the case.

The lawyer, Sven Mary, declined comment, Belga also said. Local media reported him as saying back in December that he would take on defending Abdeslam should the Brussels-born French national ask that.

It was not clear when the contact took place, if at all.

Belgian federal prosecutors declined to comment, saying the report was "just a rumor" and that they have not been contacted by Mary or reached out to him on their own. Reuters could not immediately contact Mary independently.