Paris – More than five years have passed since the deadly attack on the Paris offices of the French satire newspaperFourteen of those who helped the three attackers were tried on Wednesday. All of them were killed by the police. On January 7, 2015, brothers Sad and Sharif Kowachi entered the newspaper’s offices and killed 11 people, including 8 editorial staff.
Among those killed in the shooting is Charlie Hebdo’s director, Stefan Charbonnier, known as “Charb.”
While they were fleeing, the brothers killed a policeman who was guarding the building after receiving several threats to the newspaper.
Threats related to the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad by Charlie Hebdo. Many Muslims consider any depiction of the Prophet to be sacred, and millions of people were disturbed by the cartoons.
When the trial began on Wednesday, the newspaper republished some cartoons: “Out of p par pa” (all for this).
The paper now operates in a secret and heavy space, and its journalists continue to receive threats, but its rebellious director Laurent “Ris” Soriso, who was injured in the attack, has vowed in the new edition: “We will never give up and we will never give up.”
It took five and a half years for the case to come to trial. During that time, investigators put together a network of events that led to the attack, first in Charlie Hebdo’s offices and then two days later in a Jewish supermarket on the outskirts of Paris.
Police initially thought the second attack was the work of a copycat. However, while the case was being built, the two allegedly conspired with each other, and the Kovaci brothers and Amedi Coolibali, who killed a policewoman on January 8, were taken hostage on January 9 at a hypercasher supermarket by four people – several common partners.
Fourteen people have been named in the trial for allegedly helping the Koochi brothers and a mercenary. They face a number of costs, including providing material support, funding, buying weapons, and buying an escape car for attackers. They face between 10 years and life imprisonment.
Only 11 of the accused were in court on Wednesday. Two of the other three are missing,. A third, Kolibali’s religious wife, was reportedly seen at an ISIS camp in Syria months ago.
In a rare decision for a terrorist trial in France, the judges agreed that high-security court proceedings would be filmed for posterity. There is no live broadcast from within the courtroom as this training is prohibited under French law.
Anti-coronavirus measures will allow only a handful of people in the courtroom to halve the number of seats available to the media, the public and more than 200 civil parties. Those civil parties include some of the hostages in the Jewish supermarket and the relatives of the 17 people killed in the three attacks.
“This trial is an important moment for them [victims and survivors]Marie-Lore Barre and Natalie Senik, lawyers for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, said in a statement to the French news agency AFP. “They are waiting for justice to be done, to find out who did what, to know who pulled the trigger now. ”
A total of 144 witnesses and 14 experts will be called to the 11-week walk, which ends on November 10.
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