Salah Abdeslam will not be in the Belgian court, however, as the verdict is announced in the trial into his alleged involvement in a March 15, 2016, police shootout, four months after the Paris attacks that killed 130.
"Security forces are actively seeking the perpetrator who is on the run. The ongoing probe will determine his motives and the circumstances in which he acted," said French Defence Minister Florence Parly.
The city has been on high alert for more than 18 months since Brussels-based Islamic State militants carried out attacks in Paris that killed 130 people there in November 2015 and later bombed Brussels airport and the city's metro in March last year.
Police in Paris said the operation is targeting the suspected mastermind of last week's (13/11) attacks, believed to be holed up in an apartment in Saint-Denis with several other heavily armed suspects.
Two suspected jihadists were killed, including a woman who blew herself up, in a shootout on Wednesday in north Paris with police hunting the mastermind of last week’s attacks on the French capital, sources said. As troops patrolled the streets, heavily-armed police swapped gunfire with people holed up in an apartment in the suburb of […]