Two men who have been charged in Belgian with terror offences have admitted picking up a Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam from the French capital early on Friday morning, but deny aiding the bombers.

 

Lawyers for the two suspects, now named as Mohammed Amri, 27, and Hamza Attou, 21, said they deny any involvement in the attacks. Both men are being held on charges of terrorist murder and conspiracy.

 

Defense lawyer Xavier Carrette said Amri went to Paris early Saturday to pick up Salah Abdeslam. The only thing Amri admits “is having been in France to pick up a friend,” Carette told AP.

 

Carine Couquelet, who represents Attou, said he had been the passenger in the car owned by Amri, and went along to keep him company.

 

They picked up Abdeslam at around 4am on Saturday and returned to Brussels, Couquelet said.