A verdict rendered in about fifty minutes. In front of a full house, after 148 days of hearing, the special assize court of Paris announced, on the evening of Wednesday, June 29, the sentences imposed on the 20 accused in the trial of the attacks of 13- November. The main defendant and the only living member of the commandos, Salah Abdeslam was sentenced to life imprisonment, as requested by the national anti-terrorist prosecution (Pnat). This sanction, which is rare, makes the possibility of obtaining a sentence adjustment and therefore a release very small. In the eyes of justice, the 32-year-old Franco-Moroccan stands out from the other defendants by his role as co-author of “murders and attempted murders” committed on November 13, 2015, in particular against persons holding public authority, this which explains why he receives the heaviest full sentence in the French penal system. “This is what would have been required against the perpetrators [de la tuerie] of the Bataclan but they are not there, so it is he who takes. He is however precisely in front of you because he withdrew”, had pleaded his lawyer Olivia Ronen, Friday. The court, on the contrary, “considered that the different targets should be analyzed as a single crime scene”. was not sensitive to the thesis of renunciation developed by Salah Abdeslam and his counsel during the hearing. The explosive vest was not functional, which calls into question his statements concerning his renunciation. The Special Assize Court of Paris in its motivations Salah Abdeslam, whose “integration into the Belgian cell was long before the attacks”, according to the court, was also found guilty of criminal association of criminal terrorists for “the viewing of videos of the Islamic State” in the café of his brother Brahim Abdeslam, a Comptoir Voltaire suicide bomber. In addition to his role in renting cars and hotel rooms for the commandos, the court said it was “convinced that he took charge of all rapa sorting out terrorists, with the exception of the two Iraqi suicide bombers at the Stade de France. That he however conveyed to Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) the evening of the attacks. “I recognized that I was not perfect, I made mistakes it’s true but I’m not a murderer, I’m not a killer. And if you condemn me for murder, you will commit an injustice “, he said, Monday, during these last words. During the reading of the deliberation, Salah Abdeslam kept his arms crossed, his gaze hard. He remained impassive to the statement of the verdict and his lawyers did not wish to react thereafter. The court also followed the prosecution by sentencing to life imprisonment, with a security period of twenty-two years, another figure in the box, Mohamed Abrini, the “man in the hat” of the Brussels attacks, who was also “planned” in the commandos of 13-November. According to his version, Salah Abdeslam replaced him at the last minute. A line of defense to which the court did not subscribe. According to the magistrates, this 36-year-old Belgian-Moroccan, childhood friend of the coordinator of the attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud, “was won over to the theses of the Islamic State”. “It was during his stay” in the Iraqi-Syrian zone “that he was commissioned for these attacks”. He “cannot claim to have been unaware until the last moment of the methods of the attacks and the targets”, specified President Jean-Louis Périès. His lawyer, Marie Violleau, did not fail to react to the outcome of the verdict: “We can ask ourselves the question of whether he had held a weapon in his hands and had shot someone at Point blank, how much would it have been worth?” In its reasons “developed in more than 120 pages”, and of which President Jean-Louis Périès read a summary, the court answered “yes” to all the questions on the guilt of the accused, with the exception of Farid Kharkhach, for which the terrorist qualification was not retained. “There is nothing to establish that the accused [Farid Kharkhach] could make the link between the provision of false papers and the terrorist project.” The special assize court of Paris in its motivations He was sentenced to two years in prison, when the prosecution had requested six. His defense had pleaded the acquittal. In pre-trial detention for five and a half years, he will immediately be released from prison. The court was also more lenient than the prosecution with regard to the three defendants who appeared free, Ali Oulkadi, Hamza Attou and Abdellah Chouaa , described as “little hands” by the general attorneys. Accused of having assisted Salah Abdeslam in his run, they were sentenced to suspended prison sentences, without a warrant, and will therefore not return to detention. Mohammed Amri, on the other hand, will remain in prison. Prosecuted for having picked up Salah Abdeslam by car on the evening of November 13, he was sentenced to eight years in prison, with a two-thirds security period. the Swede Osama Krayem, the Tunisian Sofien Ayari and the Belgian-Moroccan Mohamed Bakkali were found guilty of complicity and sentenced to thirty years’ imprisonment with a security of two thirds. The prosecution had however claimed life for the first two, a “binomial” qualified as “silent” of the trial, as they spoke little during the hearing. For his part, Mohamed Bakkali, already convicted during the trial of the failed Thalys attack, is this time found guilty of having “played a key role in the logistics of the attacks” of November 13. The court notably pointed to his “former interest in armed jihad”. The duo Adel Haddadi and Muhammad Usman, who were to be part of the Stade de France commandos, were sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment, against 20 years required by the prosecution, accompanied by a two-thirds security period. For the court, this 33-year-old Algerian and this 28-year-old Pakistani were determined “to continue” their journey and to “join the cell in Europe” if they had not been arrested in Austria before the attacks. Finally, the court heavily sentenced the defendants absent from the trial. Ahmed Dahmani, suspected of being a logistician for the jihadist cell and imprisoned in Turkey, was sentenced to 30 years in prison with a two-thirds security period. And the five senior executives of the Islamic State group, presumed dead in Syria, including the sponsor of the attacks Osama Atar, were sentenced to irreducible life imprisonment. At the end of the verdict, the defendants exchanged calmly with their lawyers while the civil parties left the room. They found themselves in front of the many cameras waiting for their reactions. Many expressed their relief. “There is a verdict which makes it possible to incarnate a responsibility”, affirmed on the antenna of franceinfo Stéphane Sarrade, father of Hugo, killed at Bataclan. “It’s a verdict that everyone will accept and will find what they came for,” said another civil party at the end of the hearing. At his side, the father of Victor Munoz, killed on the terrace of La Belle team, conceded that he found “the right sentence”. “Justice has done its job.” The father of Victor Munoz, killed at La Belle team Others are a little more divided on the discrepancy between the qualifications retained and the sentences pronounced. “Salah Abdeslam had the biggest pain when he is not the genius of evil”, underlined Franck, survivor of the Bataclan. “I will never be satisfied with the incompressible life sentence, for anyone”, regretted Georges Salines, father of Lola, also killed in the concert hall. “Perpetuity is to turn off the light, it is to turn off hope,” summarized Mohamed Abrini’s lawyer. He, like the other defendants, have ten days to appeal the decision.
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