Paris terrorist attacks suspects go on trial
Six years after the Islamic State launched 3 deadly attacks on Paris, 20 alleged terrorists had their first day in court yesterday. The attacks were France’s worst post-WWII atrocity, with 130 people killed by 9 suicide bombers who targeted a soccer match, cafés/restaurants, and the Bataclan concert hall on 13 November 2015. The trial is unprecedented in scale in France. There are 330 lawyers, and the custom-built court will hear from 1,800 plaintiffs. Six defendants will be tried in absentia as they are presumed dead or are in prison. But Salah Abdeslam – a Belgian man who is alleged to be the key perpetrator and the only surviving attacker – will appear, and it’s the first time relatives and survivors will get the chance to confront him. “We’ve all got our own expectations, but we know it’s an important step in building our life afterward,” survivor Arthur Dénouveaux said. The trial is expected to last 9 months.
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