The main terrorist in the Paris terror attacks has become more radicalised than he was before his arrest.
Salah Abdeslam, 27, is believed to be the only surviving jihadist of the attacks that claimed the lives of 130 people in the French capital on November 13 last year.
After four months on the run, the French national of Moroccan origin was arrested in Brussels and subsequently transferred to France in April.
His former lawyer, Sven Mary, told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant’s that his views have become even more extreme.
Mr Mary said: ‘He’s got a beard, he’s become a true fundamentalist whereas before he was a kid wearing Nike trainers.’
The Belgian lawyer said Abdeslam’s detention conditions at a prison in the Parisian suburb of Fleury-Merogis amounted to ‘psychological torture’ and had contributed to his apparent radicalisation.
He is kept in solitary confinement and subjected to round-the-clock video surveillance.
Abdeslam is accused of having provided logistical support to the seven jihadists who died at the various scenes of the terror attacks: the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France national stadium and several bars and restaurants in central Paris.
Belgian authorities say that attacks were orchestrated by the ISIS high command.
In July, Abdeslam’s lawyers had attempted unsuccessfully to end his constant surveillance in prison, but authorities had deemed the ‘exceptional character of terrorist acts’ as justifying that ‘all precautions are taken’.
Last month both Mr Mary and another lawyer, Frank Berton, gave up defending Abdeslam over his refusal to answer investigators’ questions since being transferred to France.
Mr Mary said then that the lawyers felt they were doing nothing more than paying ‘social visits to the prison’ and had decided to quit the defence.
Abdeslam’s brother Mohamed last month urged him to speak to French authorities but also said he felt Salah ‘is more radicalised now, rather than de-radicalised’.