Home > Main challenge of the Paris terror trial 'is to show the world that, in the end, justice has won'

Main challenge of the Paris terror trial 'is to show the world that, in the end, justice has won'


A French court is to hand down verdicts Wednesday against 20 men accused over the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris, after a marathon 10-month trial that reopened the scars of modern France's worst peacetime atrocity. One hundred and thirty people were killed on the night of November 13, 2015, when a team of Islamic State group jihadists laid siege to the French capital, attacking the national sports stadium, bars and the Bataclan concert hall. The trial that began on September 8, 2021, has been the biggest in modern French history, the culmination of a six-year, multi-country investigation whose findings run to more than a million pages. All the attackers were killed in the aftermath of the assault except Salah Abdeslam, who was captured alive by police four months later. Abdeslam is the key suspect among the 20 accused on trial, six of whom have been tried in absentia. If convicted, he faces the toughest life sentence available under French law. Joining FRANCE 24 is Clemence Witt, Lawyer of the foreign victim's families. For her, "this trial was an extraordinary one. More than 3000 victims were represented during this trial, 400 of them being heard by courts. A special courtroom was built and there were almost 150 days of hearings. So we have all this context, absolutely extraordinary. And I think the main challenge of this trial is to show to the world that, in the end, justice has won."

Added on the 29/06/2022 16:44:06 - Copyright : France 24 EN

To customise your video :

Or Create an account

More videos on the subject

  • Paris attacks: outside Brussels court where 14 on trial for complicity

    Images of the arrivals of lawyers at a Brussels court about to deliver its judgement for 14 people accused of having helped members of the jihadist cell behind the attacks in Paris of 13 November 2015. The judgement comes a day after the verdict of a special court in Paris which, after ten months of hearings, sentenced on Wednesday evening 20 men (six of whom were tried in absentia) involved in the worst acts of violence committed in France since the end of the Second World War. IMAGES

    30/06/2022 - AFPTV - First images
  • Paris Terror Attacks Trial: "The course of justice will carry on without" Salah Abdeslam

    William Julié, Criminal and human rights lawyer, does not believe the aggressive stance Salah Abdeslam is taking at the trial will make any difference. "The course of justice will carry on without him." Mr. Julié points out that "nobody was expecting anything else ... he has not been saying anything from Day 1, and he has been complaining about what was happening to him in custody. He always has." Responding to concerns that many of the defendants might also take a defiant stance, thereby tarnishing the credibility of the system, Mr. Julié is not convinced that "they will all go the same way as Salah Abdeslam." Especially since not all of the defendants risk "life in prison, which is where (Abdeslam) is going, obviously."

    09/09/2021 - France 24 EN
  • Paris attacks suspect on trial in Belgium over police shootout

    The only surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, refuses to answer questions as he goes on trial in Brussels over a bloody shootout with police that led to his capture.

    05/02/2018 - AFP EN
  • Salah Abdeslam: Historic trial into 2015 Paris terror attacks set to deliver verdict

    Salah Abdeslam and 19 other men are in the dock, accused of playing critical roles in France's worst peacetime attacks.

    29/06/2022 - Euronews EN
  • Paris terror attacks trial: Defence lawyers for key suspect make closing arguments

    The defence lawyers for key suspect was making its final arguments in the trial of the surviving suspects in the 2015 Paris attacks themselves, with a verdict expected on June 29.

    24/06/2022 - France 24 EN
  • U.S.-led strikes hit Islamic State, al Qaeda-linked group in Syria

    U.S.-led air strikes hit 10 units of Islamic State fighters in Syria in recent days as well as militants with the al Qaeda-linked Khorasan Group. Jillian Kitchener reports.

    15/11/2014 - Reuters EN

More videosNews

Watch video of IPM - L'actrice Américaine Anne Heche, Dans Le Coma Depuis Lundi à La Suite D'un Accident De Voiture à Los Angeles - L'actrice Anne Heche souffre de graves lésions cérébrales - Label : DHnet.be -

L'actrice Anne Heche souffre de graves lésions...

12/08/2022 10:45:09

Watch video of  - DemainEntreprendre - épisode 12 - Label : Economie wallonne -

DemainEntreprendre - épisode 12

29/04/2021 12:55:32