French court finds 20 guilty of attacks by Islamists in Paris in 2015

The prime suspect Salah Abdeslam has been found guilty of terrorism and murder.

  • 130 people were killed in the coordinated bombing.
  • The attackers attacked the Bataclan music hall, six bars, restaurants and the perimeter of the Stade de France stadium.
  • The prime suspect in the trial was found guilty of terrorism and murder.

A French court on Wednesday found guilty of all 20 men tried for the 2015 murders of 130 people during a coordinated firefight by Islamist gunmen in Paris.

The Bataclan music hall, six bars and restaurants and the perimeter of the Stade de France sports stadium were the targets of hours-long attacks in the French capital that shocked France and left deep scars on the country’s psyche.

Lead suspect Salah Abdeslam has been found guilty of terrorism and murder, Judge Jean-Louis Peries said.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole, a sentence handed down only four times in France.

The 32-year-old Belgian-born Frenchman, believed to be the only surviving member of the group that carried out the attacks on November 13, 2015, proudly said at the start of the trial that he was a “soldier” of the Islamic State, which bears responsibility for claimed the attacks.

Abdeslam had said at the trial that he had chosen not to detonate his explosive vest at the last minute. But based on the investigations and hearings, the court ruled otherwise.

“The court found that the explosive vest was not functioning properly,” Peries said. Salah Abdeslam is “guilty of being a member of a terrorist network,” he also said.

“All the defendants are found guilty on all counts,” he added, with the exception of the terrorism charges for one of the less prominent suspects.

It was a process like no other, not only because of its exceptional length of 10 months, but also because of the time it took victims to testify in detail about their ordeal and their struggle to overcome it, as families spoke of the dead. about how hard it was to move on.

Thirteen other people, 10 of whom are also in custody, were also in court during the months-long hearings, charged with crimes ranging from helping supply the attackers with weapons or cars to planning to participate in the attack. Six others were tried in absentia.

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