Paris attacks suspect sentenced 20 years firing at Belgian cops


A court in Belgium has handed down a 20-year sentence to Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam and a co-accused for shooting at its officers during a shootout in Brussels in 2016.
Judge Marie-France Keutgen, reading out the verdict said the prosecution had been able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that both men-28-year-old Abdeslam and Tunisian Sofien Ayari, 24, were guity of the charges preferred against them.
Abdeslam is in a French prison awaiting trial for his role in the Islamic State attacks in Paris in November 2015 in which 130 people were killed.
Prosecutors say Abdeslam is the lone survivor of a suicide squad and his own lawyers do not dispute he was in Paris during the attacks.
Neither he nor Ayari, who is in custody in Belgium, was present for the judgment.
Despite the absence of both accused, security was tight around the Brussels court, with heavily armed police on guard.
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