Trial opens for Paris attack suspect

09 February, 2018, 07:09 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Paris attack suspect refuses to attend trial

The fresh show of defiance comes after Abdeslam berated judges for being anti-Muslim, refused to stand and said that he put his "trust in Allah" on the first day of the trial on Monday, February 5. I'm not afraid of your allies. Even for Salah Abdeslam, who is a repeat offender, the maximal sentence sought for will be of 20 years, stated Mrs. Grosjean.

He complained of being exhausted but his voice was firm as he spoke after a morning listening to his co-accused, who admitted to being with Abdeslam during the March 15, 2016, shootout and to have fought with ISIL in Syria.

Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has refused to return to his trial in Belgium this week over a shootout with police in Brussels that led to his capture, the court said Tuesday, February 6. By then, his photo along with the dire warning "armed and dangerous" was plastered throughout Europe.

He appeared alongside Tunisian Sofien Ayari, 24.

On the afternoon of March 15, 2016, they battered down yet another door.

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The fugitives left behind a Kalashnikov, ammunition clips, a cellphone and a tunic — their DNA was everywhere, according to court testimony.

Both Abdeslam and Ayari face charges of attempted murder of three police officers who were wounded in a gunfight during a raid on the apartment where the two suspects were hiding out, and on charges relating to banned weapons.

Throughout his prosecution in Belgium, Abdeslam has declined to speak with investigators, although Ayari has been much more forthcoming. Thirty-two people died along with the three bombers. More than 130 people were killed in the Paris attacks. Family members of victims and survivors of the attacks had hoped this week's trial would clarify the ties between the attacks and their planning.

"This trial is one of the pieces of a global puzzle which will answer some of our questions".

One of Abdeslam's defense lawyers, Romain Delcoigne, told Agence France-Presse: "We duly note it". The extremists have since lost control of their strongholds in Iraq and Syria, but the pull of their propaganda continued to inspire Europeans to kill at home and overseas. The suspect also refused to stand when asked to by the presiding judge, Marie-France Keutgen. The Constitutional Court decision to cancel some of its provisions therefore has no effect in this case, she says. "My silence does not make me guilty, nor a criminal", he told the court, adding that Muslims were treated "mercilessly" in court and were denied the presumption of innocence.



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