New picture of Paris terror suspect released

London, April 12 (IANS) A Belgian daily on Tuesday published a new picture of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, reportedly taken inside a high-security prison cell in Bruges.

The article from Het Nieuwsblad, described Abdeslam as a “model prisoner” who “has a good appetite”, adding that a guard checks on him eight times an hour, ABC News reported.

Abdeslam, 26, was arrested on March 18 in Brussels after an international manhunt and is expected to be transferred to France to stand trial.

The French national is suspected of planning and helping to execute the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people in November 2015.

The alleged terror suspect has told investigators that he had intended to carry out a suicide bombing at the Stade de France stadium, but voluntarily backed out, prosecutors said.

His lawyer, Sven Mary, has told reporters that his client was willing to cooperate with authorities.

Many believe his arrest precipitated the March 22 Brussels airport and metro attacks that killed 35.

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