By EUAN MCLELLAND
The man accused of being the logistics chief behind the Paris terror attacks was booed by radical Muslim inmates after arriving in jail – because he failed to carry out his suicide bombing.
Salah Abdeslam spent his first night in Fleury-Mérogis prison on Wednesday after being extradited from Belgium.
He was arrested over last November’s attacks in the French capital which claimed 130 lives.
Upon arriving behind bars, the 26-year-old was whistled and jeered by extremist lags enraged by his alleged failure to detonate his suicide vest during the Paris onslaught.
Investigators say Abdeslam told them he had arranged logistics for the November 13 bombing and shooting attacks and had planned to blow himself up at a sports stadium there but backed out at the last minute.
He is suspected of having rented two cars used to transport the attackers to, and around, the French capital. He will remain in custody in the southern Paris jail – Europe’s largest – until his next court hearing on May 20.
Despite being held in solitary confinement, extra security measures have been put in place to prevent him making contact with other prisoners.
French officials yesterday charged Abdeslam with murder, association with a terrorist group, possession of weapons and explosives as well as sequestration over the hostage-taking at the Bataclan concert hall where 90 were killed.
Speaking yesterday, his lawyer described him as a ‘moron from Molenbeek’ with ‘the intelligence of an ashtray’.
Sven Mary said: ‘He is the perfect example of the GTA (Grand Theft Auto video game) generation who thinks he lives in a video game.
‘I asked him if he had read the Koran, and he replied that he had looked up what it meant on the Internet.’
Abdeslam was Europe’s most wanted fugitive until his capture in Brussels on March 18 after a four-month manhunt.
His capture in March came four days before separate suicide bomb attacks by Islamist militants at Brussels international airport and on a metro train which killed 32 people.
Abdeslam’s elder brother Brahim, with whom he used to run a bar in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, was among the Paris suicide bombers, blowing himself up at a cafe.
Salah may have been the 10th man referred to in an ISIS claim of responsibility. Police found one abandoned suicide vest in a Paris suburb.
Last week, he was charged in Belgium over a shoot-out with police in an apartment in southern Brussels in which his fingerprints were found days before his eventual arrest.
Belgian police have arrested a number of Abdeslam’s associates, including Mohamed Abrini, who are wanted over the Paris attacks and also a suspected Brussels attacker.