The Brussels man hosted Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the cell behind multiple terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, at his home.

Abid Aberkane, cousin of Salah Abdeslam, is one of the two defendants to receive a suspended prison sentence.
Abid Aberkane, cousin of Salah Abdeslam, is one of the two defendants to receive a suspended prison sentence. (AFP)

A Belgian court has imposed a three-year suspended sentence on Abid Aberkane, convicted of assisting the sole surviving assailant behind the November 2015 Paris attacks by housing him in Brussels.

Thursday's ruling came a day after a French court sentenced Aberkane's guest Salah Abdeslam, a 32-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan origin, to life imprisonment for his role in the deaths of 130 people in the Paris attacks.

Abdeslam was the only surviving member of the cell that attacked the French national sports stadium, bars and the Bataclan concert hall in an assault immediately claimed from Syria by the Daesh terrorist group.

He fled to Brussels after the Paris attacks and 14 Belgian-based suspects have been accused of providing support for the cell, including by housing him during his time on the run before his arrest.

Among the defendants, four were acquitted, one was sentenced to community service, and three were given a delay before sentencing.

Two more defendants are presumed dead after they travelled to fight in Iraq or Syria and were tried in absentia.

They had already been convicted of terrorism in Belgium and received no additional sentence at this trial.

The Belgian judges were cautious, and rejected several elements of the prosecutors' case, in a trial seen as a sideshow to the blockbuster main event in Paris.

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Abid Aberkane, cousin of Salah Abdeslam, is one of the two defendants to receive a suspended prison sentence.

Abdoullah Courkzine, who was involved in helping one of the attackers flee the Saint-Denis suburb north of Paris after the attacks, received a 30-month suspended sentence.

Finally, an 18-month jail sentence was pronounced against Soufien Al Aroub, a friend and logistical support of Ahmed Dahmani who was sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment in the Paris trial, and is detained in Türkiye.

Lazez Abraimi received 35 days for trafficking in weapons.

The Belgian judgments fell the day after the verdicts of the special assizes court of Paris.

After 10 months of hearings, the judges condemned 20 men — including six tried in absentia — involved in the worst peacetime atrocity ever committed in France.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies