Paris terrorist handed life sentence
After the biggest trial in France’s modern history, the only surviving member of the group that committed the 2015 Paris terror attacks has been given a rare life sentence. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks across bars, restaurants, a football stadium and the Bataclan music venue that left 130 dead and hundreds injured. Most of the attackers were killed that night, but Salah Abdeslam was found guilty of all terrorism and murder charges yesterday. The Belgian-born French citizen abandoned his suicide vest on the night of 13 November, claiming he had a change of heart, but expert evidence revealed it was defective. Nineteen others who supported the terrorists were also found guilty and copped various sentences.
And while we have you… Convicted drug trafficker Domenic Perre was found guilty of sending a parcel bomb to Adelaide’s National Crime Authority office in 1994. It went off, killing Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen and injuring lawyer Peter Wallis. Perre will be sentenced in September.
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