Belgium Releases Brussels Attack Suspect Fayçal Cheffou for Lack of Evidence


Fayçal Cheffou, the man identified by prosecutors as the prime suspect in the hunt for the “man in the hat” in  the Brussels airport bombings, has been released by Belgian police due to a lack of evidence.


The Independent reports that Cheffou had none of the links to the Paris attacks that characterized the three named conspirators who died carrying out last Tuesday’s attacks.

Prosecutors had been attempting to link Cheffou to the bombings by DNA evidence from the scene, but they let him go, saying their suspicions had not been substantiated.

A little while earlier, officials released new CCTV footage of the so-called “man in the hat” seen walking with the two airport bombers, Ibrahim el Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui, moments before the attack.

Authorities have released the video in the hopes of identifying the man on the right, seen wearing light-colored clothing and a black hat.