Salah Abdeslam, sentenced to life in prison for the attacks on the Bataclan in Paris in 2015





Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the commando suspected of carrying out the 2015 attacks in Paris, has been found guilty of all the charges he faced and he is sentenced to life imprisonment. A court at the Palace of Justice in Paris has issued this Wednesday the final verdict after a long judicial process against the suspects involved in the massacre that killed 130 people in 2015, in the Multiple Islamist attack with weapons and bombs perpetrated in the French capital. All but one of the defendants have been found guilty on all counts.

The main suspect, Salah Abdeslam, has been found guilty on charges of terrorism and murder. He was faced with a possible life imprisonment without the possibility of early release, a sentence that has only been handed down four times in France. At the beginning of the judicial process he proudly said that he was “a soldier” of the Islamic State, although both he and the rest of the defendants ended up asking the victims for forgiveness.

The Paris Criminal Court has sentenced 19 of the 20 defendants for all the charges for which they were accused. The only exception was Farid Kharkhachfor which the court did not retain one of the indictments, that of terrorism

Paris suffered in November 2015 a multiple attack with several attacks perpetrated in up to six points of the French capital, the most serious assault being the shooting at the emblematic Le Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people died.

Abdeslam, the only survivor of the commando suspected of carrying out the attacks, decided not to detonate his explosive vest and on Monday urged the court not to impose a harsh sentence. “I made mistakes, it’s true, but I’m not a murderer, I’m not a murderer,” he said.

A crowd awaited the verdict at the gates of the court

A crowd of lawyers, journalists and victims they had gathered in the Place Dauphinein Paris, at the gates of the Palace of Justice, awaiting the sentence for the attacks.

“We await it with anxiety because it is the definitive end of this judicial processPhilippe Duperron, father of one of the 90 killed in the Bataclan attack, told Reuters.

“But we also look forward to it calmly because we have always said that we trust the court’s decisionand we have no doubt that the court will deliver a fair sentence,” added Duperron, who chairs the association of survivors and relatives of victims 13onze15.

the judgment it has lasted 10 months in which a lot of time has been spent so that the victims could testify in detail about their ordeal and their struggles to overcome it, and the families of those killed about how difficult it was to move on.

“We became this huge community that wanted justice to existand that was very strong,” said Arthur Denouveaux, a survivor of the Bataclan attack and president of Life for Paris, another victims’ association.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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