‘Man in the hat’ from Brussels attacks charged in France

PARIS — Mohamed Abrini, the ‘‘man in the hat’’ who escaped from the Brussels airport just before a deadly suicide attack there, was charged in France on Monday over links to the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed that Abrini was charged with belonging to a terrorist organization, complicity in explosives manufacturing and transportation, and other allegations linked to the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris.

Abrini, a Belgian, is accused of a role in the Islamic State cell that also attacked Brussels on March 22. Surveillance cameras filmed him alongside two suicide bombers who later detonated their explosives in the Brussels airport.


He is jailed in Belgium but was remanded to France for the day Monday.

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In a separate development Monday, Air France said it blocked 15 passengers from Muslim countries from traveling to the United States because they would have been refused entry under Trump’s new immigration ban.

The passengers were from seven Muslim-majority countries affected by the three-month immigration ban: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

The airline said in a statement it was informed Saturday by the US government of the new restrictions, and had no choice but to stop the passengers from boarding US-bound flights. An Air France spokeswoman said the passengers were taken back to their point of departure or otherwise taken care of.