The Belgian government has handed over Osama Krayem—a Syrian-origin terrorist who invaded Europe pretending to be a “refugee” in 2015—over to France for possible charges in connection with the terrorist attacks in Paris that year.
According to a report in the Belgian public broadcaster Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), Krayem—who holds Swedish citizenship—was indicted Monday in Paris, for ” complicity ” in assassinations, attempted murders and kidnapping “in connection with a terrorist enterprise,” for the attacks in Paris and its suburbs, which had killed 130 people.
He is being charged with the manufacture, possession, or transport of explosive belts as well as for the acquisition and possession of weapons of the terrorist cell.
Investigators say Krayem–born in Sweden to Syrians pretending to be refugees in that country—was one of the main protagonists of the cell which launched attacks in Paris and Brussels.
Like other members of the terrorist cell, Krayem went to Syria in 2014 to fight for ISIS before returning to Europe by taking advantage of the “open routes” followed by German chancellor Angela Merkel’s open invitation to the Third World to invade Europe.
Krayem is suspected of buying the bags used for the Brussels attacks and was caught on CCTV minutes before one of the blasts with suicide bomber Khalid El Bakraoui both carrying huge backpacks. Krayem failed to go through with his suicide attack.
He lodged in Germany with fellow refugee-terrorist Salah Abdeslam—the last surviving member of the Paris attack team—and another protagonist of the cell which carried out attacks in Brussels, Sofiane Ayari.
In Belgium, Krayem has been charged with “participation in the activities of a terrorist group” and “terrorist murders” resulgint from the Brussels attacks.
He was present in the City 2 complex when the bags which were used in the Brussels attacks were purchased, and just before the attack on the Maelbeek metro station, he was filmed in the Pétillon station talking with Khalid El Bakraoui, the terrorist who blew himself up in Maelbeek.
His DNA has also been found in several safe houses in Belgium that served as bases for the Paris terrorists, and also in a Brussels hideout in which the explosive belts used in the Paris attacks were manufactured.