2 Men Arrested, Accused Of Driving Key Suspect Out Of France

The two men picked up Salah Abdeslam, now the target of an international manhunt, on Saturday morning.

11/17/2015 09:45 am ET
French National Police

PARIS (AP) -- Lawyers for two suspects behind bars in Belgium say their clients acknowledge going to France early Saturday and picking up third man who is now the target of an international manhunt.

Both men are being held on charges of terrorist murder and conspiracy.

Defense lawyer Xavier Carrette says Mohammed Amri, 27, denies any involvement in the attacks and says he went to Paris early Saturday to pick up a friend, 24-year-old Salah Abdeslam. Carrette says the only thing Amri admits "is having been in France to pick up a friend."

Carine Couquelet, who represents Hamza Attou, 21, says Amri drove his own car and went along to keep Amri company.

Couquelet says that around 4 a.m. Saturday, the pair picked up Abdeslam and they then returned to Brussels.

Belgian media say Amri and Attou are being investigated as potential suppliers of the suicide bombs used in Friday's attacks, since ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be used to make explosives, was discovered in a search of their residence.

The defense lawyers said they could not confirm those reports.

Salah Abdeslam's brother, Brahim, was among the suicide bombers in Paris.

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