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PORTRAIT. Olivia Ronen, Salah Abdeslam’s lawyer who “swims against the tide” at the trial of the November 13 attacks

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The places are in his image, a sober and refined office in one of the most chic districts of the capital. Olivia Ronen receives us one morning in May, before the resumption of the hearing in the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015 – she will plead on Friday June 24. A few months ago, the 32-year-old lawyer was known only to the microcosm of Parisian criminals, option “anti-terrorism justice”. She has shifted into another dimension since Salah Abdeslam appointed her to defend him in the case of the attacks which left 132 dead – two survivors committed suicide after the fact – and hundreds injured. As the proceedings progressed, the white streak that stands out from her long black hair gained ground. A sign more eloquent than his rare media speeches. Since the opening of the trial, Olivia Ronen has kept a polite distance from the journalists and it was not until the end of the interrogations of the accused, in mid-April, that she agreed to give herself up. A rather unusual reserve in the profession. “It’s not mistrust, rather caution,” she justifies. In the privacy of the office, the tone is relaxed and warm, the words chosen. Another eye-catching sign is this tattoo on her left wrist. This is the first name in Hebrew of his big sister Stephanie, born disabled and disappeared at the age of 28. “A clap of thunder” in the sky of this “very close-knit” Parisian family. The father, born in Iran and left to live for a time in Israel, is a business manager. The mother, a civil servant at the national printing office, stopped her activity to raise her four daughters. Olivia Ronen, the youngest, has “never stopped working” since that day in December 2011. It was certainly this first confrontation with injustice that caused her to drift from a rather classic course on paper. . Schooling, brilliant, is punctuated by three weekly dance lessons at the conservatory. As the doors of the Paris Opera ballet opened to her, the teenager threw herself “headlong” into the theater, until the end of high school. Follow hypokhâgne and khâgne. But under the veneer of success, something rebellious storms. Instead of preparing for the Ecole Normale Supérieure competition, the student turns to law, and a master’s degree at the Sorbonne. The profession of criminal lawyer is at the end of the road, as “obvious”. She took the oath in 2016, alongside Martin Vettes. His future partner in the trial of the attacks of November 13 appreciates “the mixture between the lightness and the depth of the character”, which combines “discretion”, “serious” and “humor”. Olivia Ronen has a certain “way of cultivating oxymoron”, confirms Alice, a close friend, met eight years ago during an internship at the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights. “She takes what she does seriously, but she doesn’t take herself seriously. She’s ambitious, a bit perfect, but a lot more rowdy and tortured than she looks.” Alice, a close friend at franceinfo Echoing this, Olivia Ronen admits to redoing “the match every night after the trial. It tortures but makes progress”. Her friend, who has “an affection steeped in admiration”, is hardly surprised: “He is someone who has never slept much. She has very high demands on her -same.” Rigor incarnate, with an extra soul. It is with this disconcerting determination that Olivia Ronen applies for an internship with tenor Thierry Lévy, a figure in the fight against imprisonment, who died of cancer in 2017. She “insists”, “recalls by telephone”, ” sends” his dissertation on “the place of prison in the fight against recidivism”. Comes out “sweaty” from the interviews, “pressed” like a lemon. The game is worth the candle. Olivia Ronen finds herself with this sincere non-conformist lawyer, who “thinks for himself”, against all odds. “I like what’s different,” she says simply. The student cut his teeth with the master, but it is she who will inherit the file that Thierry Lévy dreamed of, as he confided to Le Monde (paying link) shortly before his death. In the summer of 2018, a letter signed Salah Abdeslam reached him during his vacation. Olivia Ronen admits to having been won over by a “great motivation” at the idea of ​​​​this “paroxysm of defense”. How did his name reach the ears of the most guarded prisoner in France? This will remain secret. Elected at the end of 2016 among the secretaries of the Conference, a competition of eloquence of the Paris bar, Olivia Ronen made a reputation by inheriting her first “big files” in terrorism matters. For Erwan Guillard, a former Breton soldier who left to do jihad in Syria, she obtained, with his colleague Jérémie Boccara, 11 years in prison on appeal, against 18 years required by the prosecution. The defense of Aleksander H., a 38-year-old Albanian indicted for arms trafficking in the case of the Nice attacks, is proving more traumatic. He committed suicide in prison because he “couldn’t stand the terrorist label” and the conditions of detention that go with it, according to her. These experiences did not stay at the door of the parlor when she met Salah Abdeslam. “Olivia is someone extremely empathetic, it does not surprise me that he has connected with her”, notes Jeremie Boccara, who is full of praise for his colleague. “She’s one of the best of her generation. What’s quite remarkable about Olivia is her stamina and how she handles pressure.” Jérémie Boccara, lawyer at franceinfo Where a Sven Mary, the terrorist’s first Belgian lawyer, mocked his client’s “empty ashtray intelligence”, Olivia Ronen endeavored to give him a human face. “I consider him a normal person that I assist,” said the person concerned. Mirroring this, the lawyer avoids the side effects that some more seasoned colleagues are accustomed to. Some put to his credit, and that of Martin Vettes, the evolution of Salah Abdeslam. The accused did not make it easy for them. We had to deal with his provocations – including the famous “I am a fighter of the Islamic State” on the first day of the trial -, his unbearable justifications, his variable geometry silences, his “mountain of contradictions”, in the words of Georges Salines, father of Lola, killed at the Bataclan. Olivia Ronen managed to get words of apology for the victims and some tears, shed on the very last day of her interrogations. On the benches of the civil parties, this mea culpa drew a line of demarcation between those who were sensitive to it and those who did not believe it. Lawyer Claire Josserand-Schmidt will remember “for a long time” the way in which her colleague opposite “managed to push Salah Abdeslam far enough for him to let go, to extract him from this community in which he is locked up.” Olivia Ronen’s own tears after this streak did not escape the audience. The person modestly confides that she “realized that we had touched something important”. Others, like the lawyer Didier Seban, saw it as a “well-prepared” number, even though the work done to achieve it inspires “respect”. Tirelessly, Olivia Ronen has risen in recent months to point out the flaws in a monumental file or the contradictions of a witness. His incisive questions to former President François Hollande on the chronology of French strikes in Syria and Iraq seemed to legitimize his client’s rhetoric. Salah Abdeslam has repeatedly maintained that the attacks were a response to the bombings. “It is not to support his arguments, but to dismantle them effectively, assures the lawyer. It is in these gray areas that misconceptions thrive.” Tightrope walker in each of her interventions, Olivia Ronen has never fallen. But “his sarcastic tone” and “unnecessary insolence” displeased a few on the other side of the bar. Gérard Chemla, figure of victims’ lawyers, sees it as a “youthful mistake” and an attempt to “copy” Thierry Levy and his famous maxim: “Eloquence is the discipline of the cry.” Olivia Ronen shrugs: “I wonder what they could expect from Salah Abdeslam’s defence. a woman and have a determined tone?” On the benches of the defense, on the contrary, his colleagues salute this voice which becomes “powerful” as soon as it puts on the dress and this ability not to “submit to authority, without being outrageous”. Olivia Ronen “swims against the current”, formulates Negar Haeri, who defends the accused Mohamed Amri. Marc Bailly, a colleague from the Conference of Lawyers, supports: “We do not do this job to be loved. She embodies that.” This is not what Martin Vettes holds, who owes his presence in this case to Olivia Ronen, when he had “never had a terrorist trial”. Mutual trust took precedence over the rest. “Sad passions are a bit foreign to her. She charts her course, she doesn’t want anyone hurt, she wants good for those she loves.” Martin Vettes, lawyer for Salah Abdeslam at franceinfo No battle of egos in this duo, whose harmony is, for once, unanimous. To speak of one is to speak of the other. The two thirty-somethings are the same age as their client. Arthur Dénouveaux, the president of the association of victims of November 13 Life for Paris, sees in this shared youth an asset, when “a Sven Mary and a Franck Berton – the first French lawyer of Salah Abdeslam – broke there the teeth”. Olivia Ronen celebrated her birthday on January 7. She runs after time, walks for lack of dancing and runs on an apple-Kinder Bueno diet. It is she who will plead last, Friday, June 24. His thoughts “will be put on paper at the last moment, to get the last impression”. His years on the boards taught him to “put [sa] voice, [se] move”. The comparison ends there. “I cannot plead something in which I do not believe. I’m not playing.” The verdict worries her more – the incompressible life sentence has been requested against her client. And the aftermath: “The fear of emptiness is there.” To begin with, Olivia Ronen should remain Salah Abdeslam’s lawyer , judged from October in the trial of the attacks of March 22, 2016, in Brussels. “The idea is not to invest in a trial and go away. And then he there will be all the other files, materialized by the files that fill the cupboard of her office. The lawyer will perhaps find time to reconnect with her hobbies. She plans to go see the film on dance by Cédric Klapisch, In body, Olivia Ronen is not one to cultivate her garden. forked tongue and now she designates her “epitaph”. The slip is perfect. If it took a sentence to define Olivia Ronen, it would be s without hesitating the lawyer’s oath: “I swear to perform my duties with dignity, conscience, independence, probity and humanity.”

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