Paris — Greater than 5 years after the lethal assault on the Paris places of work of French satirical newspaper , 14 individuals went on trial Wednesday for his or her half in serving to the three attackers, who have been all killed by police. On January 7, 2015, brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi entered the newspaper’s places of work and killed 11 individuals, together with 8 editorial staffers.
Charlie Hebdo’s director, Stéphane Charbonnier, higher referred to as “Charb,” was amongst these shot lifeless.
As they fled the scene, the brothers killed a policeman who had been posted on guard outdoors the constructing, following quite a few threats to the newspaper.
These threats associated to Charlie Hebdo’s publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslims take into account any portrayal of the prophet’s likeness sacrilegious, and thousands and thousands have been offended by the cartoons.
Because the trial opened on Wednesday, the newspaper republished a number of the cartoons, underneath the headline: “Tout ça pour ça” (All that for this).
The paper now operates out of a secret, closely guarded location, and its journalists proceed to obtain threats, however its defiant director Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, who was injured within the assault, vowed within the re-creation: “We’ll by no means give in. And we’ll by no means quit.”
It has taken 5 and a half years for the case to return to trial. In that point, investigators have pieced collectively the chain of occasions that led to the assaults, first on the Charlie Hebdo places of work, then two days later at a Jewish grocery store in a Paris suburb.
Initially police thought the second assault was the work of a copycat. Nevertheless, in constructing their case, investigators discovered the 2 have been intently coordinated, and that the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly — who killed a policewoman on January 8 after which 4 males through the hostage-taking on the Hyper Cacher grocery store on January 9 — had a number of accomplices in widespread.
On trial are 14 individuals accused of serving to the Kouachi brothers and Coulibaly. They face a variety of expenses together with offering materials assist, funding, shopping for weapons, and procuring a getaway automobile for the attackers. They face potential sentences between 10 years and life imprisonment.
Solely 11 of the accused have been in court docket Wednesday. Two of the opposite three are lacking,. The third, Coulibaly’s non secular spouse, was reportedly seen some months in the past at an ISIS camp in Syria.
In a uncommon determination for a terrorism trial in France, the judges agreed that the high-security court docket proceedings could be filmed for posterity. There isn’t a dwell broadcast from contained in the court docket, as that observe is forbidden underneath French legislation.
Few individuals can be allowed within the courtroom, the place anti-coronavirus measures have halved the variety of seats obtainable to the press, public, and the greater than 200 civil events to the case. These civil events embody a number of the individuals taken hostage on the Jewish grocery store, and family members of the 17 individuals killed within the three assaults.
“This trial is a crucial second for them [victims and survivors],” mentioned Marie-Laure Barré and Nathalie Senyk, legal professionals for victims of the Charlie Hebdo assault, in a press release to French information company AFP. “They’re ready for justice to be performed, to seek out out who did what, understanding that those that pulled the set off are now not there.”
A complete of 144 witnesses and 14 consultants can be known as through the path, which is about to final 11 weeks, ending on November 10.