Terror suspect Salah Abdeslam was described by his Belgian lawyer as “a little moron” who “is worth gold” in the investigation into the Paris attacks last November.
In an interview with Jean Quatremer for the French newspaper Liberation, lawyer Sven Mary opened up about his client and what it was like defending Abdeslam.
“He’s a little moron from Molenbeek involved in petty crimes; more of follower than a leader. He has the intelligence of an empty ashtray. He is the perfect example of the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ generation who thinks he lives in a video game,” Mary said.
Mary said he has spoken to his client only seven or eight times in jail.
Moreover, Abdeslam’s pathway to radicalization has been hard to establish. “A year ago and a half he was still clubbing in Amsterdam,” Mary said. “I asked him if he read the Coran, and he said he had read interpretations on the Internet.”
While Mary believes everyone is entitled to an attorney, he said he thought about quitting the case, especially after the attacks in Brussels last month, which happened three days after Abdeslam was arrested.
“I was assaulted several times, verbally or physically. Two guys even waited for me in front of my office […] and police officers had to accompany my daughters to school twice,” Mary said.
Mary said Abdeslam is collaborating and communicating with officials. Abdeslam was transferred from a Belgium prison to France this morning after a European arrest warrant was issued by France on March 19, according to the Belgian federal prosecutor.