In the capital of France, a trial has begun over those accused of preparing and carrying out the largest terrorist attack in the entire recent history of France, transfers Associated Press. A series of attacks on 13 November 2015 killed 130 and injured 350.
The trial takes place in the Parisian Palace of Justice with enhanced security measures. Dozens of police officers are pulled up to the building. The technical preparation of the process took two years. In particular, a courtroom with a capacity of 550 people was built specifically for this trial, which meets high security requirements, informs France 24.
Of the nine perpetrators of the terrorist attack, only Salah Abdeslam was in the dock. Only he managed to survive, but not escape from justice. Also, 13 people appeared before the court, accused of preparing the terrorist attack. Six more defendants in the case are on the wanted list. They are being tried in absentia.
In court, in response to a request to introduce himself, he said: “First, I want to declare that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.” When asked what his profession was, Abdeslam said that he “gave up all professions” in order to become a fighter of the terrorist association “Islamic State”. transfers Russian service of the BBC.
The terrorist attack was carried out in Paris on Saturday evening November 13, 2015, when catering establishments and theaters were full of visitors, and a match between the national teams of France and Germany was taking place in a football stadium.
First, the terrorists detonated a bomb outside the Stade de France football stadium. Then they opened fire in several bars, cafes and restaurants. After that, two explosions thundered at the stadium.
Another explosion took place on Boulevard Voltaire, near the Bataclan concert hall, where the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal performed. After the explosion, the terrorist opened fire on the audience. More than a hundred people were wounded by gunshot.
Belgian-born French citizen Salah Abdeslam after the terrorist attack threw away faulty suicide belt and hid for some time with his friends in Brussels. The apartment where he was, the police took by storm, but Abdeslam managed to escape. After three days, he was nevertheless detained.
The attack in Paris became the largest in Europe in terms of the number of victims after the bombings in Madrid in 2004. The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attack is still being felt today, as police continue to patrol public places.
On November 14, 2015, the Islamic State terrorist group stated that the attacks in Paris were in response to France’s involvement in the bombing of Islamic militant positions in Syria and Iraq.
The trial was supposed to start back in January 2021, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is assumed that it will last until May 24-25, 2022.
The plaintiffs are 1,800 people. Also, 330 lawyers are involved in the trial, and among the witnesses is former President François Hollande. During the terrorist attack he was at the Stade-de-France stadium and ordered the police special forces to storm the Bataclan.
The court hearings will be recorded on video, but it will not be shown publicly. All records will be transferred to the archive. Such surveys are permitted in France only in cases where the process is of historical significance.
Justice Minister Eric Dupont-Moretti called the trial an unprecedented legal marathon. The case file is about a million pages long.