Paris attacker’s lawyers refuse to defend accused

Oct 12, 2016, 3:44 AM EDT
Some 130 people died in the Paris attacks in November 2015
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The lawyers of Salah Abdeslam, who is the prime accused in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people last year, announced that they will not defend the suspect as he refuses to break his silence owing to the 24-hours-a-day camera monitoring in his high-security jail. Abdeslam’s lawyers Frank Berton and Sven Mary said that he is “particularly disturbed” by continuous surveillance and doesn’t want legal representation.

Abdeslam, who is believed to have provided planning and logistics support to Paris attackers, has maintained silence since April, when he was extradited from Brussels to France, writes the BBC. Mary said that the real sufferers from his silence are the victims of the Paris attack, as they have the right to know the truth.

Abdeslam is the only known survivor from the group of militants that struck bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the Stade de France in Paris last November.

The two lawyers, who have earlier made several attempts to get the harsh surveillance conditions changed, blamed “political decision” for the situation, reports Reuters. Berton said, “We have seen him (Abdeslam) slide away. Being watched all the time, with infrared at night,-that drives one crazy.”