July 14 attack in Nice: the trial opens in Paris, six years after the tragedy

Published on: 09/04/2022 – 17:49Modified on: 09/04/2022 – 17:52 The trial of the terrorist attack of July 14, 2016 in Nice is due to begin on Monday before the special assize court in Paris . A man driving a truck had caused the death of 86 people on the Promenade des Anglais. Eight defendants appear for an extraordinary procedure, the verdict of which is scheduled for December 16. Six years after the attack of July 14, 2016 in Nice, eight defendants must appear from Monday, September 5 before the special assize court of Paris for a new extraordinary terrorist trial, scheduled to last more than three months. This attack on the Promenade des Anglais, the evening of the National Day, had caused 86 deaths, including 15 children and adolescents, and more than 450 injured. This is the second deadliest attack on French soil, after those of November 13, 2015. As a symbol, the trial will take place in the “tailor-made” courtroom built for the November 13 trial (known as “V13”), in the historic courthouse in the capital. A total of 865 people had joined as civil parties at the end of August, others will be able to do so during the hearing. For those who cannot come to Paris, the trial will be broadcast at the Acropolis convention center in Nice. The perpetrator, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, will be absent from the proceedings. , driving a 19-tonne truck, he drove into the crowd gathered to attend the fireworks and concerts organized that evening on the famous avenue in Nice. He was killed there by the police. The attack, eighteen months after the Charlie-Hebdo attack and eight months after those of November 13, had been claimed by the Islamic State organization. An attribution “of pure opportunity”, however concluded the investigation, which did not establish a direct link between the author and the jihadist group. >> To read – Thierry Vimal, father of a victim of the attack Nice: “Nothing should be expected from the trial” “Collective memory” In the absence of the assailant, the magistrates of the special assize court, chaired by Laurent Raviot, will examine the responsibility of seven men and one woman, aged 27 to 48, members of his entourage or presumed intermediaries in arms trafficking intended for Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel. The first, in a state of legal recidivism, faces life imprisonment, the other two twenty years in prison. The other five (Maksim Celaj, Endri Elezi, Artan Henaj, Brahim Tritou and Enkeledja Zace) are being prosecuted for criminal association and to gun laws. They risk five to ten years of imprisonment. Only three defendants will be in the box of the prisoners (including one imprisoned within the framework of another business). Four will appear free, under judicial control. The eighth, Brahim Tritrou, is the subject of an arrest warrant after breaking his judicial control. According to his lawyer, he is being held in Tunisia. A web radio station for the civil parties much” of the trial, which they foresee “frustrating”. “I hear this frustration, it is human. But there will be a judicial response”, recently assured the Keeper of the Seals, Éric Dupond-Moretti. “We are responding to this barbarism with the law”. As during the trial of the November 13 attacks, the hearing will be broadcast by web radio for the civil parties, with a 30-minute delay. New in the system, this web radio will be accessible from abroad and will be translated into English. The trial will also be filmed and recorded for history. Among the witnesses expected, the former President of the Republic François Hollande and his minister of the Interior at the time, Bernard Cazeneuve, who had already testified during the V13 trial. The verdict is scheduled for December 16. With AFP