Paris attacks suspect gets 20-year sentence in Brussels trial

Prime suspect within the November 2015 Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam (L) sits beside his alleged accomplice Sofiane Ayari (R) as they are surrounded by Belgian special police officers within the courtroom at the 'Palais de Justice' courthouse in Brussels for the opening of his trial, on February 5, 2018.

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Prime suspect within the November 2015 Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam (L) sits beside his alleged accomplice Sofiane Ayari (R) as they are surrounded by Belgian special police officers within the courtroom at the ‘Palais de Justice’ courthouse in Brussels for the opening of his trial, on February 5, 2018.

A Belgian judge on Monday sentenced Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect within the 2015 Islamic State attacks on Paris, to 20 years in prison over a shootout with police in Brussels in 2016.

Abdeslam’s co-defendant Sofien Ayari also received a 20-year term for attempted terrorist murder.

While his lawyer argued Abdeslam, 28, should be acquitted because of a procedural error, prosecutors had charged him with attempted murder over the Brussels shootout in March 2016, days before his arrest, along with called for a jail term of 20 years.

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