- Salah Abdeslam is the only known surviving suspect of the 2015 Paris attacks that left at least 130 dead
- He is on trial in Belgium on charges related to a gunfight during his 2016 arrest
It was the first public appearance for 28-year-old Salah Abdeslam since his arrest in Belgium in March 2016, according to Reuters news agency
. He is on trial for charges related to a gunfight with authorities that preceded his arrest
Abdeslam is accused of attempted murder in a terrorist context and illegal possession of firearms, charges which carry up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The prosecutor is calling for the maximum sentence.
His trial is expected to last a week.
Abdeslam also is expected to face a trial in France on charges related to the November 13, 2015 terror attack in Paris
That night, men armed with assault rifles and explosives targeted six locations across the French capital
, killing at least 130 people and wounding hundreds. The militant group ISIS claimed responsibility
for the attack. Authorities think Abdeslam, a French national born in Belgium, drove the black Renault Clio that dropped off three suicide bombers near the Stade de France.
Abdeslam is the brother of Ibrahim Abdeslam, believed to be the suicide bomber who detonated explosives near a café on the Boulevard Voltaire the night of the November 2015 attack.
'I am not afraid of you'
In court Monday, Abdeslam looked very different than the clean-shaven young man who appeared in his arrest photos. His beard was full and his hair was longer and combed back, according to CNN affiliate BFM TV