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Lawyer of Paris attacks suspect in court to oppose videos

Lawyer Frank Berton, left, who represents Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, speaks to journalists outside an administrative tribunal in the Parisian suburb of Versailles, France, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Berton is appealing to the tribunal to have two live video cameras removed from Abdeslam’s cell in the French prison of Fleury-Merogis, saying they risk damaging him psychologically. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)

Lawyer Frank Berton, left, who represents Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, speaks to journalists outside an administrative tribunal in the Parisian suburb of Versailles, France, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Berton is appealing to the tribunal to have two live video cameras removed from Abdeslam’s cell in the French prison of Fleury-Merogis, saying they risk damaging him psychologically. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)  (The Associated Press)

The lawyer for the suspected sole survivor of the group that attacked Paris in November is going to court to try to halt the 24-hour video surveillance of his client.

It was unlikely Salah Abdeslam would attend the Versailles courtroom on Wednesday when his lawyer, Frank Berton, makes his case to have the state-ordered cameras removed.

The court has 48 hours after the urgent hearing to rule.

Abdeslam, 26, who was extradited from Belgium on April 27, invoked his right to silence at a May hearing before investigating magistrates. Berton said his client was disturbed by the constant surveillance, and called it illegal.

Glimpses of Abdeslam at Fleury-Merogis prison from footage published in a French newspaper after a recent visit by French lawmaker Thierry Solere fed anger over the surveillance.