In this courtroom sketch, Abdeslam, right, and co-accused Soufiane Ayari, left, appear at the Brussels Justice Palace. (Petra Urban via AP)
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The prime surviving suspect in the 2015 Daesh (ISIS) attacks in Paris that killed 130 people refused to answer questions when his trial for a separate shooting incident opened Monday in Belgium, defying his accusers and relatives of the victims. In his first appearance since his capture four months after the attacks in the French capital, Salah Abdeslam urged the court not to pander to public anti-Muslim prejudice as he went on trial for a shootout with police in his native Brussels in March 2016 .Abdeslam was not charged over those attacks.Prosecutors who accuse Abdeslam of helping organize the attacks and ferry former fighters from Syria around Europe say he, too, would have died if his suicide vest had not failed to detonate. His lawyers do not dispute that Abdeslam was present in Paris during the attacks.
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