Police had watched him for months after he tried to radicalize refugees at a refugee camp – but did not charge him – only banned him from the area.
A Brussels attacks suspect believed to be the surviving airport bomber has been arrested and charged with “terrorist murders”. Fayçal Cheffou is accused of “participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempted terrorist murders”.
Cheffou was arrested near the prosecutor’s office on Thursday evening alongside a man and woman who have since been released. A search was conducted at his home, where no weapons or explosives were found, a spokesperson said.
Belgian media report that Cheffou is the man pictured in CCTV footage alongside suicide bombers Najim Laachraoui and Brahim el-Bakraoui in the departures terminal on Tuesday morning.
The suspected ISIS militants died when they detonated the suitcase bombs they were wheeling on luggage trolleys but the third and most powerful device, believed to be Cheffou’s, was found unexploded after he fled the scene.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] He had allegedly been watched by Brussels police for months after being accused of attempting to radicalize refugees at a makeshift camp in Maximilien Park. The mayor of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, told Le Soir he alerted prosecutors to Cheffou’s activities but did not secure any charges and took out an order banning him from the area. [/pullquote]
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