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Belgian court rejects challenge to Abrini extradition
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BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian appeals court on Thursday upheld a judge's ruling that Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini can be extradited to France to face justice there.

Belgian prosecutors have said they don't expect Abrini, 31, to be handed over to French authorities anytime soon. He is also being investigated for his links to the suicide bombers who struck the Brussels Airport and subway March 22, killing 32 people.

"No additional information will be given regarding further proceedings," the Belgian Federal Prosecutor's Office. It was announcing the Brussels Court of Appeal's rejection of Abrini's challenge to a June 9 lower court decision that an arrest warrant issued for him by France is enforceable.

In separate proceedings, a Brussels judge ordered to extend the custody that Abrini, his 20-year-old brother Ibrahim Abrini and four other people detained in Belgium in connection with the attacks that killed 130 victims in Paris on Nov. 13 be kept in custody for another month.

Responsibility for the Paris carnage and Brussels bombings was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.

Also Thursday, the Brussels judge ordered Nacer B., 28, held for another month in connection with the investigation of the May 2014 attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum in which four died. The suspected gunman, Mehdi Nemmouche, a French national who spent time with jihadist fighters in Syria, is in Belgian custody.