During the November 13 trial, Abdeslam’s provocations led to a suspension of the hearing

NOVEMBER 13 – During the trial of the November 13 attacks, Tuesday, March 15, lead defendant Salah Abdeslam again fluctuated between evasion and brutality in court, sparking particularly strong and audible protests from the benches of the civilian parties.

The journalists present report that the defense lawyers unanimously left the courtroom around 6 p.m. to overturn the court’s refusal to formally record these incidents that occurred during the highly tense interrogation of the main defendant, the only surviving member of the to denounce the commandos.

Salah Abdeslam was heard for the second time about the substance of the case, namely the preparation of the attacks. In particular, he is suspected of having made two trips to France to search for explosives. He is also charged with “recovering terrorists” who returned to Europe from Syria via five convoys, with vehicles rented under his real identity, court president Jean-Louis Périès recalled.

Applause and cry

A first round of applause, accompanied by screams, came after Salah Abdeslam said during his interrogation that “we have ruined (his) life”. “130 dead!” shouted a civil party, in an electric atmosphere. Salah Abdeslam’s lawyers took turns speaking to protest the court’s lack of response, but their microphones remained muted.

President Périsè launched a “call for calm”. “I have been trying for months to maintain the serenity of the debates (…) In this context, it is not allowed to hold demonstrations on the part of the public, the magistrate stated. I cannot tolerate that there was applause, neither crying nor comment, it is not that one has to do justice”.

A belated appeal to the defense of Salah Abdeslam, who demanded that these incidents be formally recorded.

During the hearing, Salah Abdeslam silently or stubbornly responded with “no comments” to specific questions about the preparations. He criticized the “sloppy work” of the investigation. The president immediately protested: It’s based on “advanced” investigations, not “crazy”.

The main defendant does not deny the rental of the cars. “On the other hand,” he admits to bringing back “some” members of the commandos, not all of them. He assures that he was not the three French who will form the ‘trio’ of the Bataclan.

Salah Abdeslam expresses himself with ease, sometimes bordering on brutality, recognizing two round trips to look for his “brothers in Islam”. “They lived in a war zone,” he justifies. A bit like “today the war in Ukraine”, those who “go to look for people at the border”, left “to do humanitarian work” or “to fight”, he dares.

Abdeslam says he knows nothing about ‘mission’

The tone also went up when the magistrate asked him what he knew about the organization. “I have the impression that you are a little sensitive,” said Salah Abdeslam, who was threatened with contempt from the court. “We’re not going to say it was great either,” Salah Abdeslam admitted. “I was checked (on the second trip), I rented the vehicles in my name”. “Surreal!”, read bourgeois parties on the benches.

Faced with the persistence of the court, Salah Abdeslam reiterated that he knew nothing about the “mission” of the men he was going to find. “Had you known that these people would directly or indirectly participate in attacks, would you go looking for them?” asked one reviewer, Xaviere Simeoni. “Frankly, that’s a good question,” the defendant replied, adding, “In the frame of mind I was in at the time, party girl, I was going to get married, I guess I wouldn’t have gone for them.” even though they had “probably good reasons”.

But “today you have ruined my life, France, its government. The way you treated me for six years has left its mark,” Salah Abdeslam said. The evaluator cuts it off: these are not “the answers the civil parties expect”.

One of his lawyers, Me Olivia Ronen, was surprised by this comment and recalled that the process is aimed at “revealing the truth”. After the suspension, the hearing will resume on Wednesday, March 16.

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