Paris Attacks 2015: Trial of 20 Suspects Open in France

Paris Attacks 2015: Trial of 20 Suspects Open in France

The historic trial of the 2015 Paris attacks which left 130 people dead, has begun. The Jihadist attack was possibly the worst-post world war II tragedy in France. Nine gunmen and suicide bombers were struck within minutes of each other at France’s national soccer stadium, the Bataclan Concert Hall, and Paris restaurants and cafes on November 13, 2015.

The only surviving attacker, Salah Abdeslam, is currently in court with 13 other defendants. The trial is being described as France’s biggest in modern history. 

The trial will be conducted over the next nine months, with 140 days of hearings involving about 330 lawyers, 1,800 survivors, and relatives of the victims. Almost 300 witnesses will be heard in the account of the attacks, which will include the then president, François Hollande.

Mr. Hollande told the French media ahead of the trials that, this was an important moment for the victims of the attack. He had described the attacks as an ‘act of war’ against the country in 2015.

The Islamic State (IS) confirmed that they had carried out the attacks. The suspects arrived at court in police vehicles under heavy security on Wednesday Morning. They were then seated in the defendant’s box before the trial opened.