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People pray outside Le Carillon restaurant, one of the attack sites in Paris, November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Brussels-Sven Mary, the Belgian lawyer of the main suspect in the Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam, said that a relative of Abdeslam contacted him in the office days after the assaults in November 2015. The mediator then carried out repeated visits to the office to inquire about the legal benefits of surrendering oneself to the authorities.

After that, the mediator disappeared and Mary attributed this to possible fears by Abdeslam.

In a statement to De Morgen Newspaper, Mary assumed that Abdeslam deliberately impaired the explosive belt after seeing his brother or companion blow himself up in front of his eyes.

On December 4, Belgian Police issued a notice to search for two persons who were accompanying Abdelslam during an inspection operation that took place on September 9, 2015 at the Hungary-Austria borders.

One of his companions had documents revealing that his name is Samir Buzeid who was proved to be in contact with the Paris attackers.

According to the Belgian Public Prosecution, Samir Buzeid is more likely to be the nickname of Muhammed Bilqayid, the 35-year-old Algerian killed on March 15 by the police. Investigators see a high possibility that Bilqayid is the one who received the text message sent by one of the Bataclan concert hall suicide bombers. The message was: “Ok, we’re ready.”

Moreover, the French investigation authorities found the DNA of Jawad bin Daoud on an explosive belt. He is now facing charges of providing shelter to the Paris attackers.