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8 men found guilty of 2016 Brussels terrorist attacks

BRUSSELS — A Brussels court on Tuesday found eight people guilty of murder and attempted murder in the 2016 Brussels terror attacks that killed 32 and injured more than 300.

One of the eight is Salah Abdeslam, who is already serving a life sentence for his role in the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. (He was arrested four days before the Brussels attack.)

Another of those found guilty, Mohamed Abrini, was identified on CCTV fleeing Zaventem airport when his explosives did not go off. He became known as the “man in the hat.” 

The bombers carried out attacks at the Maelbeek (Maalbeek) metro station in the EU Quarter and at Brussels airport in March 2016.

The jury’s verdict closes the first part of the trial, which started in November 2022. Under Belgian law, sentences will be determined in a second part of the trial, which will start on September 4.