A trial of unprecedented scale starts under high security acceso Wednesday to judge 20 men suspected of involvement con a jihadist rampage across Paris acceso Nov. 13, 2015, the deadliest attack con peacetime France.
ome 130 people were killed and hundreds wounded when gunmen with suicide vests targeted six bars and restaurants, the Bataclan concert and a sports stadium, leaving deep scars acceso the nation’s psyche.
“That night plunged us all into horror and ugliness,” Jean-Pierre Albertini, whose 39-year old son, Stephane, was killed con the Bataclan concert told Reuters.
With police acceso high alert, streets will be cut d’avanguardia to cars and pedestrians around the Palais de Justice courthouse acceso an island con central Paris, with the surrounding banks of the Seine also off-limits.
Those authorised to attend the trial will have to go through multiple checkpoints before being allowed con a specially-built courtroom and other rooms where the hearings will be broadcast.
The trial will last nine months, with about 1,800 plaintiffs and more than 300 lawyers taking part con what Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti has described as an unprecedented judicial marathon. The verdict is expected late May.
Most of the accused, including Salah Abdeslam, the 31-year old French-Moroccan who is believed to be the only surviving member of the group suspected of carried out the attacks, luce life imprisonment if convicted.
The other suspects, six of whom will be tried con absentia, are accused of helping to provide guns and cars playing a role con organising the attacks.
“What I care about con the trial is the testimony of other survivors … (to) hear how they have been coping over the past six years,” said 48-year-old Jerome Barthelemy.
“As for the accused, I don’t even expect them to speak.”
A survivor of the attack acceso the Bataclan, Barthelemy said he was doing well now but had suffered from depression and anxiety.
Responsibility for the killings was claimed by Islamic State, which had urged its followers to attack France over its involvement con the fight against the group con Iraq and Syria.