ISIS fanatic behind Paris slaughter boasts he is ‘not ashamed’ of who he is and receives love letters in jail from fans calling him a ‘star’ and an ‘idol’
- Extremist Salah Abdeslam has so far refused to respond to judges’ questions
- But he has now written to a woman who has been sending him letters in jail
- He claimed he is ‘not ashamed’ and gets messages calling him a ‘star’ and ‘idol’
- Fanatics used machine guns and bombs to kill 130 in Paris on November 13, 2015
The main suspect in the ISIS attacks in Paris has boasted that he is ‘not ashamed’ of who he is – and gets adoring letters from fans calling him a ‘star’ and an ‘idol.
Salah Abdeslam has previously refused to respond to questions from French judges about the massacre on November 13, 2015 which claimed 130 lives.
But correspondence with an anonymous woman who has been writing to him in prison shows he has been ‘talkative for the first time’, according to the Liberation newspaper which published extracts of the messages.
‘First of all, I’m not afraid of letting anything slip because I’m not ashamed of what I am – and then what worse could be said than what’s already been said,’ Abdeslam wrote, according to the extract from his investigation file.
‘I’m writing to you without knowing how to start, I got all your letters and I don’t know whether I’ve enjoyed them or not, they definitely let me spend a bit of time in the outside world,’ he continued.
‘Since you’ve been straightforward I will be too, if I ask you what your intentions are it’s to reassure myself that you don’t love me like a “star” or an “idol” because I get messages like that and I don’t endorse that because the only person who deserves to be adored is Allah,’ he wrote.
Abdeslam received messages from a number of correspondents but only replied to one woman, the newspaper wrote.
The 27-year-old was transferred to France from Belgium in April following his arrest in a police raid in Brussels during which he was shot in the leg.
His two lawyers said in October they would no longer defend him given his refusal to answer questions.
The Belgian-born French national is believed to be the only jihadist survivor of the attacks in the French capital.
Abdeslam is accused of having provided logistical support to the seven jihadists who died at the various scenes of the terror attacks: the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France national stadium, and several bars and restaurants in central Paris.
Meanwhile, Belgium has charged two suspects with providing false documents to a man linked to the November 2015 Paris attacks, who later blew himself up on a crowded Brussels metro, federal prosecutors said.
The pair, a man and a woman, were ‘suspected to have provided Khalid Bakraoui with the false documents afterwards used in preparation of the Paris attacks,’ prosecutors said.
Bakraoui was the suicide bomber at a Brussels metro station while his brother Ibrahim and another man attacked Brussels airport in coordinated suicide attacks that killed 32 people on March 22 last year.
Belgian press reports said the suspects identified Thursday as Farid K. and Meryem E.B. were the same people who were arrested during an anti-terror raid on a home in the Brussels district of Laeken on Tuesday.
Farid K. has ‘been charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group, falsification of documents and use of false documents,’ the prosecutor’s office said.
Meryem E.B. ‘has been charged with falsification of documents and use of false documents,’ it said.
Farid K. has been placed in police custody while Meryem E.B was released under ‘strict’ conditions, it added.
Some 20 people have been charged in Belgium in connection with the Paris attacks. Investigators say the Paris and Brussels attacks were carried out by the same cell.
Investigators said Bakraoui used a false name to rent an apartment in the southern Brussels district of Forest that was raided one week before the metro and airport bombings.
A French woman police officer and three Belgian colleagues were wounded in the March 15 shootout at the apartment in which an Algerian Islamist suspect was killed.
Police found in the apartment the fingerprints of Paris attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam, the only known jihadist to have survived the massacres there, and arrested him three days later in central Brussels.
Prosecutors also believe Bakraoui used a false name and Belgian identity card to rent a flat in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi which served as a base for the Paris attackers.