Salah Abdeslam, the man suspected of playing a major role in the November 2015 Paris attacks, has been extradited to France from Belgium, federal prosecutors from both the countries reportedly said Wednesday. Abdeslam's lawyer described him as a man "falling apart" and ready to cooperate, the Associated Press reported.
Abdeslam is suspected of helping transport three suicide bombers to Stade de France, where they blew themselves up, and is also believed to have purchased the detonators. The 26-year-old suspect was placed in a high-security prison in Brussels, following his capture more than four months after the Paris attacks. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the deadly shootings and suicide bombings in the French capital, in which 130 people died.
"I can confirm he's been extradited," a spokeswoman for Belgium's federal prosecutors said, according to Reuters.
Abdeslam will appear Wednesday before French magistrates for being placed under formal investigation, French public prosecutor said, adding that a request to hold him in custody will be put forward.
Investigators earlier said that Abdeslam had planned to blow himself up during the Paris attacks but backed out at the last minute. Authorities reportedly said that Abdeslam was preparing attacks in Brussels before he was captured during a police raid in the Belgian capital.
Belgian police have also questioned Abdeslam about his potential links to the three suicide bombers who attacked the Brussels Airport and metro station on March 22, killing 32 people. The attacks took place just days after Abdeslam was arrested on March 18.
Belgian prosecutors said last month that one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up at Zaventem Airport was Najim Laachraoui, the man suspected of assisting Abdeslam during the Paris attacks.