The main suspect in the terrorist attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people almost six years ago, called himself an “Islamic State fighter” on September 8 while being tried for the worst terrorist attack in French history. Was expressed.
Sara Abdeslam, a 31-year-old man with French citizenship and raised in Belgium, is suspected of being involved in a shooting battle at six restaurants and bars, the Bata Klang Concert Hall in November 2015. Is one of them. There was also a sports stadium where President Francois Hollande was participating in the match.
Abdeslam is also connected to the same ISIS network that struck the Belgian capital of Brussels in 2016, with an additional 32 believed to have died.
“First of all, I want to testify that there is no God, but Allah and Muhammad are his servants,” Abdeslam said in court after he was asked to identify himself. Asked about his profession, a French Moroccan rebelliously told the court: “I gave up my job to become an Islamic State fighter.”
He killed 130 people and injured more than 350 when nine shooters and suicide bombers attacked each other within minutes in various parts of Paris, a terrorist attack on November 13, 2015. Is considered to be the only survivor of.
Other suspects on trial have been accused of helping provide guns and cars and organizing attacks. Abdeslam is the only suspect charged with murder.
The 20 defendants include 11 in prison awaiting trial. Six are in absentia — most of them are believed to be dead. Most convicted people face life imprisonment.
On November 14, 2015, the day after the bombing, the ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility and attacked France in retaliation for “insulting their prophets” against radical Islamic group followers, making it an Iraqi terrorist group. He said he urged him to start air strikes. Syria.
At that time, Abdeslam was the most sought after person in Europe for several months after being attacked by armed police in the Mohrenbeek region of Brussels and before being detained in March 2016.
Like his brother who blew up in a bar in Paris that night, Abdeslam was equipped with a suicide belt, which was dumped in the trash a few days after the deadly terrorist attack. That night, the suicide vest reportedly dysfunctional, and Abdeslam managed to escape France and return to Brussels.
According to the investigation, the attack was planned mainly in Belgium, and Abdeslam used multiple rental cars to gather ISIS terrorists who slipped into Europe unnoticed by the masses of illegal immigrants.
Since his arrest, Abdeslam has refused to speak to investigators. He has answers to many of the remaining questions about the attack and the people who planned it, both in Europe and abroad.
Before the trial, the victim’s survivors and relatives can’t wait to hear testimony that may help them better understand what happened and why, and they are also worried. It said.
The trial lasts nine months, with approximately 1,800 plaintiffs and more than 300 lawyers participating in what Justice Minister Eric Dupond Moretti called the unprecedented judicial marathon. Jean-Louis Peries, the Supreme Court Judge, said this was a historic trial.
“It’s important that the victims be able to witness and talk to the suspected perpetrator at the stand about the pain,” said Philip Duperon, whose 30-year-old son Thomas was killed in the attack.
Police put strict security around the Palais de Justice Court in central Paris. Defendants appear behind a dedicated tempered glass partition in a dedicated courtroom, and everyone must pass several checkpoints to enter the courtroom.
Reuters contributed to this report.
from NTD News