Bataclan trial in Paris
Bataclan killer sentenced to life imprisonment
At the 2015 Paris attacks trial, the main defendant, Salah Abdeslam, was found guilty. The process came to an end after 148 days of negotiations.
Posted: 29/06/2022 8:42 pm
Updated: 06/29/2022 21:37 pm
After months of negotiations and hearings, the verdicts in the trial of the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris were announced on Wednesday. The French capital court has found 19 of the 20 accused guilty. “After 148 days of negotiations, 415 joint plaintiffs have been tried and the court wants to issue a comprehensive verdict,” Chief Justice Jean-Louis Perris said Wednesday evening.
The main defendant, Salah Abdeslam, has been convicted of terrorism and mass murder. He received the maximum sentence and should be imprisoned for life. Imprisonment cannot be reduced.Apteslam can apply for reduction in 30 years. All convicts range from two years to life imprisonment.
The process lasted nine months
At the Palace of Paris, an arbitral tribunal debated the verdicts until Wednesday evening. The announcement was delayed by several hours. The public prosecutor demanded that the 20 accused be sentenced to five years to life in prison. Abdeslam, who is believed to be the only person to have escaped terrorist control at the time, will be sentenced to life in prison without any reduction in his sentence.
The case has been under investigation for nine months for a series of attacks on November 13, 2015. The militants then killed 130 people and injured 350 others. They massacred the Bataclan concert hall and spread terror in bars and restaurants. Three suicide bombers blew themselves up during an international football match between Germany and France in the State of France. In the evening a killer was shot dead by police. Others died in police action a few days later.
Some of the accused are already dead
The Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization is responsible for this attack. Abdeslam received much attention in the trial. The prosecutor sees the 32-year-old Frenchman as a key figure in the attacks. The defense demanded that Abdeslam not be given a “slow death sentence”. He has already been sentenced to 20 years in Belgium and is currently being held in France under special conditions.
Of the other 19 accused, 6 were questioned in absentia. One suspect is in custody in Turkey, while five others are said to have died in Syria. Among other things, the accused are said to have obtained documents that expelled Abdeslam from the country or acted as a failed assassin. Some are also accused of doing tasks only occasionally. (zis / SDA / dpa)
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