The prosecution is seeking the maximum sentence against Salah Abdeslam

The French National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (Pnat) on Friday demanded the maximum amount of life imprisonment, incompressible life imprisonment, against Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the November 13, 2015 commando who killed 130 people. in Paris and Saint-Denis.

These are “heavy, very heavy sentences” that the prosecution will demand, warns Attorney General Camille Hennetier at the end of a marathon indictment with her colleagues Nicolas Braconnay and Nicolas Le Bris.

The heaviest sanction

Against Salah Abdeslam, the only accused in the box tried as a co-perpetrator of the jihadist attacks that “scared” and “stunned” France, the prosecution is demanding the heaviest sanction provided by the penal code, imposed on only four times since its inception in 1994.

The incompressible perpetuity diminishes the possibility for the one who is sentenced to obtain a sentence.

Salah Abdeslam did not “give up” but “tried hard to blow up his belt” on the night of the attacks and has “the blood of all the victims on his hands,” the Pnat said. The 32-year-old Frenchman, who “remains convinced that he did not kill anyone” and was “unable to express the slightest remorse”, adopted a “strategy of constant minimization of the facts; that is to say, the path he has left to follow, ”the prosecution justified by requesting this very rare sentence.

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Perpetuity for accomplices

Against the “accomplices” of the attacks, all members of the same jihadist cell whose commandos were “interchangeable”, the Pnat also demanded life imprisonment, demanding that the security period be modeled according to their degree of involvement. .

Thirty years of security have been sought against Sweden’s Osama Krayem and Tunisia’s Sofien Ayari, two “fierce fighters” of the Islamic State group who were allegedly accused of carrying out an attack at Amsterdam airport on November 13 but turned back because of an “unexpected”.

Their silence at the hearing should be interpreted “only as a contempt for your court, especially from two men in the box who are the ones who know the most about the cell,” said Camille Hennetier.

The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office has demanded 22 years of life imprisonment against two key men, Mohamed Abrini, the “man in the hat” of the Brussels bombings who was also “planned” in Paris but resigned, and the “logistician” Mohamed Bakkali, the “centerpiece” of the cell.

All these defendants proved “incapable of condemning” the attacks, the deadliest ever committed in France. For them, “victims, it’s sad, but it’s a necessary, collateral evil,” the attorney general said.

Other sentences requested

Algeria’s Adel Haddadi and Pakistan’s Muhammad Usman, who left Syria and were unable to reach Europe in time to take part in the attacks, have been sentenced by Pnat with a two-thirds security period.

Sentences ranging from five years in prison to 16 years in prison have also been sought against seven other defendants tried since September by the Paris Special Assize Court, “involved to varying degrees” in the assistance provided to the cell.

Perpetuation was also demanded for the five sponsors and logisticians allegedly killed in Syria and tried by default, including Osama Atar, the “mastermind” of the attacks. Ahmed Dahmani, who is being held in Turkey and tried in absentia, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison with a two-thirds security sentence.

The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office has also demanded that ten-year or permanent bans be imposed on nationals who are not French nationals.

Verdict on June 29

The special court of assizes, composed only of professional magistrates, is not required to follow the requisitions of the prosecutor’s office.

Speaking to the court one last time, Advocate General Camille Hennetier said: “Your verdict will not heal the wounds, will not bring the dead back to life, but will ensure that justice is here. and the right to have the last word ”.

The floor will be given to the defense from Monday and for two weeks. The verdict is expected on June 29.

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