Belgian authorities charge fourth person over Paris attacks

Belgian authorities have charged a suspect with involvement in the Paris terror attack – the fourth person to face charges in Belgium.

The suspect, who has not been named, was arrested in a series of police raids across the capital of Brussels on Sunday night as authorities warned of a Paris-style plot facing the city.

Fifteen others were also arrested but were later released without charge.


“The investigating judge specialised in terrorism cases placed into custody a man arrested during the operations of last night. He is charged with participating in activities of a terrorist group and with terrorist attack (Paris),” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Monday.

“After thorough interrogation by the federal judicial police, the remaining 15 persons were released by the investigating judge.”

Mohammed Amri, 27, and Hamza Attou, 20, were charged last Monday on suspicion of helping the chief suspect, Salah Abdeslam, with escaping to Brussels after the November 13 attacks in which 130 people died.

A third person who has not been publicly named was also charged with involvement in the Paris attacks on Friday and is reported to have helped Abdeslam when he was dropped off in the Belgian capital.

Brussels will maintain the highest security alert with the metro system and schools to re-open only on Wednesday.