Monday, January 24

Terrorism. November 13 trial: Salah Abdeslam back in the box

He had not reappeared since November 25.

Salah Abdeslam returned Thursday in the box of the accused of the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015. Tested positive for Covid-19 on December 27, the only surviving member of the terrorist commandos who killed 131 people was declared fit to appear at the hearing by a medical expert.

“Salah Abdeslam is fit both medically and healthily to attend hearings,” said this additional expertise ordered by the president of the specially composed assize court Jean-Louis Periès.

Monday, a first report had concluded in the same way, but the main accused of the trial was held in medical isolation until Wednesday included. The resumption hearing lasted only a few minutes, postponing the continuation of the proceedings to this Thursday.

Salah Abdeslam had been absent from the box since the end of November. With other defendants, he protested the conditions for hearing Belgian investigators by refusing to leave the jails of the Paris courthouse. An attitude he had maintained until the suspension for leave of December 17.

This Thursday, the Swedish jihadist Osama Krayem, meanwhile still refuses to appear at the hearing, and this when he must be questioned in the afternoon on the facts.

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