The first prison photo of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has emerged. Abdeslam is currently held at a high-security prison in Bruges waiting for extradition to France. A photo taken within the detention facility and obtained by a Belgian newspaper shows his face bearing the signs of fatigue after months of being on the run and weeks of imprisonment.
His hair is unkempt, and bags under his eyes are more heavily marked than in images taken prior to his alleged involvement in the November attacks in Paris.
Despite the worn-out appearance, prison sources described him to Flemish daily Nieuwsblad as a "model prisoner" with an "excellent appetite". "[He is] A very good boy, a role model for many other detainees in terms of behaviour. We don't have any negative comment to report," the source said.
Abdeslam also appears to have kept the beard he grew to disguise his identity in the four months he was Europe's most wanted man. The 26-year-old was eventually captured a few hundred metres from his home in the Molenbeek district of Brussels in March, days before three suicide blasts tore through the city's airport and a central metro station.
The subsequent investigation has revealed how the attacks were precipitated by Abdeslam's arrest. The jihadi cell behind the bombings initially planned to hit Paris a second time but decided to rush the operation and target Brussels instead as they were caught off guard by "the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation", according to the Belgian federal prosecutor's office.