Prosecutors Demand Life for Salah Abdeslam

Salah Abdeslam is the only surviving member of the leadership group of Islamic terrorists who carried out the deadly attacks in Paris in November of 2015, including the barbaric slaughter at the Bataclan café. Mr. Abdeslam’s trial in Paris has been underway since last year, and was expected to conclude last month, but is still ongoing.

The following article reports that yesterday the prosecutors in the trial asked that Mr. Abdeslam be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Le Monde:

“It is here that justice and the law have the last word,” an indictment for history at the November 13 trial

The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office has asked for life imprisonment (without parole) for Salah Abdeslam and sentences from five years to life against the other 19 defendants.

by Soeren Seelow and Henri Seckel

“Fear is the breaking out from peace. It is the disappearance of the curtain behind which nothingness hides, the curtain that normally allows one to live in peace. This curtain is irretrievably torn, and then forever we only know nothingness, death exists. With terrorism, peace is impossible. Your verdict will not have the virtue of repairing this torn curtain and restoring the original peace to the victims. It will not heal the wounds, visible or invisible; it will not bring the dead back to life, but it will at least assure them that here justice and the law have the last word.”

Camille Hennetier sits back down. At the end of a landmark indictment, spoken by three voices from Wednesday June 8 to Friday June 10, she has asked, in the name of the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT), which she represents along with Nicolas Braconnay and Nicolas Le Bris, for sentences against the 20 defendants in the November 13 attacks trial ranging from five years in prison (for Ali Oulkadi) to life (without parole) for Salah Abdeslam.

Life imprisonment incurred for all those in the dock who were prosecuted as accomplices or co-perpetrators of the killings: The PNAT struck hard. Sentences opening the door to a later release or adjustable against the less implicated: The prosecution has shown judgment. The defense arguments begin on Monday June 13. The special criminal court of Paris will render its verdict on June 29.

Over the course of three days, she has participated in a bit of judicial bravado. Fifteen hours to summarize four-and-a-half years of investigation and nine months of hearings in order to “reconstruct the puzzle” of the most murderous attacks in the history of France, to establish guilt, dismantle the lies of some, admit questions concerning others, scour through the slightest telephonic tracking, the slightest geo-localization, the slightest statement where guilt lies.

Previous posts about the trial of Salah Abdeslam:

2021   Sep   8   The Bataclan Mujahid Goes on Trial
    Nov   6   Salah Abdeslam on Trial
2022   Mar   16   Salah Abdeslam on Trial, Continued
        30   Salah Abdeslam on Trial: The Latest
    Apr   4   Salah Abdeslam Starts Talking
        17   Salah Abdeslam Wraps Up His Testimony

3 thoughts on “Prosecutors Demand Life for Salah Abdeslam

  1. I’m pretty sure that you still can find a perfectly good Guillotine in working order in France and then commute these ridiculous Life-sentences to a oneway ticket over the Styx instead, without the customary fare for the Ferryman.

  2. Why, how Europe got so wimped out as to not even have the death plenty for such atrocious crimes I do not know.

    A Guillottine is quite the merciful punishment for such a wretched specimen of human.

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