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Salah Abdeslam spoke in the box of the accused

The trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015 opened on Wednesday in Paris, an event already described as “historic” in a courthouse transformed into a bunker and protected by a large police force. Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the attack commandos, introduced himself as “an Islamic State fighter” when the trial opened.

Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the commandos who left 130 dead and traumatized France on November 13, 2015, took place Wednesday, September 8 in the box of the accused. From the opening of the historic trial of these attacks in Paris, when he was then questioned about his profession, he replied: “I gave up any profession to become a fighter for the Islamic State”.

Black beard protruding from his mask of the same color, shoulder-length dark hair combed back, black T-shirt, Salah Abdeslam was standing in the box, surrounded by numerous gendarmes and chatting with his lawyers, Mr.e Olivia Ronen and Martin Vettes.

Ten other defendants are present at his side in the box, and three others, who appear free, are seated on chairs. In the large room with 550 seats, a majority of black lawyers’ dresses were seated, and a few dozen civil parties and journalists.

Suicide bombers in front of the Stade de France, weapons of war in the middle of Paris, 130 dead: on the night of November 13, 2015, “the whole of France was plunged into horror”, recalled the Minister of Justice on Wednesday morning, Éric Dupond-Moretti, at the microphone of BFMTV and RMC. “These events have broken into our memories and our collective memory,” insisted the Minister of Justice, for whom the challenge of the trial is twofold: that justice “be rendered in accordance with the rules which have been ours for centuries and that we are at the logistics meeting “.

Security perimeter around the courthouse

On the banks of the Seine, the approaches to the old courthouse had been blocked since dawn by a large security perimeter. Under the watchful eye of joggers, cyclists and tourists astonished or sometimes annoyed, the police checked the passes of all those who were heading to the palace for this extraordinary trial.

The access doors opened at 10 a.m. for the hundreds of civil parties, lawyers and journalists expected. Nearly a thousand members of the police will be mobilized for the security of the trial, including 630 around the palace and inside, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

An ultra-secure convoy to transport Salah Abdelslam

In the morning, under the watchful eye of the cameras, an ultra-secure convoy had left Fleury-Mérogis prison, where the only surviving member of the jihadist commandos of November 13, 2015, Salah Abdeslam, has been imprisoned for more than five years. total isolation.

The 31-year-old Franco-Moroccan is the “tenth man”, the only surviving member of the commandos guided by the organization of the Islamic State (IS) which left 130 dead and more than 350 wounded in Saint-Denis and Paris.

The special assize court is to try 20 defendants, suspected of being involved to varying degrees in the preparation of the attacks. Ten took place in the box alongside Salah Abdeslam. Three others, under judicial supervision, appear free.

Six others finally are judged by default, including the principal and veteran of the jihad Oussama Atar, and the French “voices” of the claim of the IS, the brothers Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain, all three presumed dead in Syria .

The first two days of the hearing will be mainly devoted to the appeal of the civil parties.

With AFP and Reuters

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