The sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris terror attacks is refusing to speak any further in a Belgian court, where he is on trial over the gunfight that led to his arrest.

Salah Abdeslam has said he will not respond to questions from the judge.

“My silence does not make me a criminal, it’s my defence,” he said.

The 28-year-old claimed that Muslims were “judged and treated in the worst of ways, mercilessly”, and said he was placing his trust in Allah.

“I am not afraid of you, I am not afraid of your allies,” he added, without making clear who he meant.

According to BBC News, he urged the prosecution to base its case on “forensic and tangible evidence”, and not to “swagger about to satisfy public opinion”.

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