France charges key suspect in Paris, Brussels IS attacks

June 11, 2018 GMT

PARIS (AP) — A man linked to the sprawling Islamic State network that carried out deadly attacks in Brussels and Paris is facing new charges.

A French judicial official said Osama Krayem was charged Monday with a series of terrorism offenses in the November 2015 attacks in Paris, including participating in a terrorist organization, explosives manufacturing, terrorist murders and false imprisonment. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the French charges.

Krayem, who Belgian prosecutors say was directly involved in the suicide attack on the Maelbeek subway station in Brussels, grew up in Sweden before he started posting photos on social media from Syria.

The suspect appeared briefly Monday before a judge in France before being returned to custody in Belgium, where he also faces charges.