Brussels attacks: Mohammed Abrini checked by investigators

The identity of Mohamed Abrini and his role in the attacks in Brussels on March 22, 2016 will be presented at the Brussels Serious Crimes Court on Wednesday.

Mohammad Abrini decided not to participate since the trial started. Investigators and investigators have indeed planned to devote several hours to the presentation of the accused and his role in the terror attacks.

The whole day will really be dedicated to the “man in the hat”. The audience watched the journey of the suicide bombers Najim Laachraoui and Khalid El Bakraoui the day before.

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11:00 – Abrini is said to have been radicalized in prison after the death of his brother in Syria.

Mohamed Abrini is said to have been radicalized in prison following the death of his brother following a bombing in Syria. That death and being behind bars were the two triggers for his radicalization, according to a presentation describing the accused by an investigator from DR3, the counter-terrorism unit of the federal judicial police.

Mohammed Abrini, known as “The Man in the Hat” or Abu Yahya, was part of the airport trio. He traveled with the suicide bombers Ibrahim Al Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui from the conspiratorial apartment on Rue Max Roos in Schaerbeek to Brussels airport. He left the bomb there and fled on foot. He will finally be arrested on April 8, 2016.


Born on December 27, 1984, this Belgian Moroccan had no children. She was in a relationship and planning to settle down with her boyfriend. He was a close neighbor of the Abdeslam and Abaaoud families. After a troubled school with dyslexia and dysorthography, he did odd jobs. Later, in 2013, he opened a snack bar in Molenbeek with a friend.

Mohamed Abrini made a living mainly from repeated robberies – he was nicknamed “Brinks” after the money transfer company – and games such as Bingo. He loved money and expensive clothes, the DR3 investigator explained. He was known for about fifty facts of the common law.

He appeared before the police from 1997, when he was 13, and would eventually amass a “quite extensive” criminal record, in the words of coroner Sophie Gregoire. This does not take into account the Paris Criminal Court’s conviction for the November 13, 2015 attacks to life in prison with a 22-year non-parole period for his involvement in those attacks.


When he was released from prison in September 2014, he was described as calmer and more religious. The man himself will say that he started reading the Koran while he was in prison. The day after her release, she sends a text message to her friend asking her not to leave her house uncovered. In November 2014, his decision was made: the Belgian-Moroccan wanted to go to Syria.

He says in a text message that he wants to go there to “fight to defend the cause of God Almighty.” According to Islamic scholar Mohammad Fahmi’s analysis, his words coincided with the later radicalization process. He expresses his will to carry out a jihadist “hijrah”, that is, to leave his country to go to a Muslim country, and in accordance with the official jihadist statement, he talks radical. The expert notes that he is fully committed to the idea of ​​armed jihad.

While in prison, in March 2015, Mohammad Abrini sent a letter to his cousin who was imprisoned in Itre prison, proving to the Islamic scholar that he was a radical. He presents himself there as a benevolent pious person and is allowed to give Islamic advice. He is very interested in Islam and has an emotional connection with his faith. The expert noted that the “Islamic State” terrorist organization will be a good example for the accused because it will be religiously legal.

12:16 – Mohammed Abrini is in hiding after the Paris attacks

After the Paris attacks, Mohammed Abrini is in hiding because he took the Abdeslam brothers to Paris in what he called a “caravan of death.”

After the Paris attacks, Mohamed Abrini was wanted by the police. His photo is being released in the media, investigators say. He is hiding.

It was then that Khalid Al Bakraoui, who was about to blow himself up in the Brussels subway, knocked on her door and told her that he would hide it. The accused will later say that he does not know him, but that he is alone.”a man of confidence” at this moment. He decides to follow him and so begins his escape. Mohamed Abrini finds himself in several shelters in Brussels.

the will

It was in his hiding place in the Forest (rue du Dries) that the Belgian wrote his will, which was found by Moroccan investigators. Later, he will say that he knows he will not die, but he does not want to be different from the others who write their wills.

In this text, Muhammad Abrini speaks for himself, “rejecting the hypotheses of copying and disinterestedness” by analyzing Islamic scholar Muhammad Fahmi before the court. “It can be assumed that he had a personal and voluntary participation in the writing.“It also uses jihadi-inspired arguments and references to the Islamic State terrorist organization, which demonstrates that the defendants have absorbed IS propaganda.

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12:50 – Civil parties request documents to be translated into Dutch

The lawyers of the Dutch-speaking victims of the March 22, 2016 attacks asked the President of the High Criminal Court if he could order their documents to be translated into Dutch so that they would not have to bear the costs of these translations. This was confirmed on the sidelines of the criminal court on Wednesday.

Sanne De Clercke, one of the lawyers of the victims’ association V-Europe, confirmed the information of Het Nieuwsblad and De Standaard, so the register asked the victims to translate the documents they brought to the court themselves. damage. “Therefore, these documents must be translated by a sworn translator, which, of course, requires significant costs.”I complained to De Klerk.

During Tuesday’s session, President Laurence Massart briefly raised the issue, asking that documents be presented in French if possible. “Otherwise, the bill will be returned to the taxpayer”he said.

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