Monday, July 4

Trial of the November 13 attacks: second day of requisitions

Nine months after the start of the hearings on the attacks of November 13, the requisitions of the general attorneys began on Wednesday, one of the last stages before the verdict which must be rendered at the end of June. Today, the prosecution will return to the organization of the attacks, “the nightmare of November 13” and its consequences.

The floor is for the prosecution. The civil parties, the experts, the defendants and the lawyers have, for nine months, succeeded each other at the bar to deliver their testimonies or answer the questions of the magistrates on the attacks of November 13, 2015, in Paris and Saint-Denis. After having heard all the parties, the three general attorneys began their requisitions this Wednesday, currying “versions” and “lies” of the defendants.

During Wednesday’s indictments, scheduled to last fifteen hours and three days, the representatives of the national anti-terrorism prosecution, Camille Hennetier, Nicolas Braconnay and Nicolas Le Bris, will have to ask for a sentence against each of the 20 defendants, including Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the murderous commando. Each in turn, they will have to demonstrate what they consider to be the responsibilities of the 14 defendants present before the court (six others are tried in their absence).

Twelve of them face life imprisonment. Salah Abdeslam, he faces incompressible life imprisonment, a very rare sanction which makes any adjustment of sentence difficult.

If the latter had arrived at the trial presenting himself as a Daesh fighter, and had refused to speak to investigators for the past six years, the jihadist had finally delivered several pieces of information to the bar. He notably indicated that on the evening of the attack, he had given up using his explosive belt. The public prosecutor, who has always favored the thesis of the malfunction of the belt rather than that of renunciation, was however skeptical of his story.

On Wednesday, the three Advocates General initially began to reconstitute and recall the various elements of the file, for their demonstration. During this first day, the prosecution focused on the genesis of the attacks, from Syria by Daesh as well as the links between the terrorists.

They also defeated the defendants’ arguments and their defence. Starting with Salah Abdeslam. He “knew” several months before the attacks “that blood was going to flow”, launched Nicolas Le Bris, denouncing the “balancing act” of the accused when he was faced with his contradictions during the trial.

On Friday, the Advocates General will request the sentences against the main defendant, those who helped him on his four-month run, the alleged commando logisticians or even Mohamed Abrini, “the man in the hat” of the Brussels attacks who was also “scheduled” for 13-November.

After these requisitions, the floor will be given to the defense from Monday, June 13. The verdict is expected on June 29.

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