Rabat - Belgian law enforcement arrested a suspect identified as Faycal C. on Thursday on a warrant for participating in the terrorist group responsible for the Brussels attacks, committing terrorist murders, and attempting to commit terrorist murders.
Rabat – Belgian law enforcement arrested a suspect identified as Faycal C. on Thursday on a warrant for participating in the terrorist group responsible for the Brussels attacks, committing terrorist murders, and attempting to commit terrorist murders.
Authorities are still in the process of confirming whether the suspect is the third man – wearing a dark hart and a white coat – caught in the surveillance photograph taken at the Zaventem airport before the attacks, according to comments by Eric Van der Sijpt, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, on Saturday.
The attacks – claimed by ISIS – occured on Tuesday as an official response to Belgium’s support of the international coalition fighting against terrorist forces in Iraq and Syria.
The man, who Belgian prosecutors say was “deeply involved in the Brussels plot,” has been identified in Belgian media as Fayçal Cheffou, an independent journalist.
No weapons or explosives were found in Cheffou home during a recent police search.
In July 2014, Cheffou made a video in which he stands in front of a detention center for refugees and asylum seekers in Steenokkerzeel, a neighborhood near the attacked airport. The video shows Cheffou criticizing the Belgian government for serving Muslim refugees meals before the end of the daily fast during the month of Ramadan.
The judge in charge of Cheffou’s case issued the arrest warrant on Friday in accordance with a Belgian law that requires a hearing to be held before a judge and a warrant to be issued within 24 hours or arrest to keep a suspect in detention.