The trial of eight Nice bombing suspects will take place at the palace of justice in Paris.
The trial of the Nice attack, which killed 86 people on the Promenade des Anglais on July 14, 2016, the evening of the French national holiday, opened on Monday in Paris, 6 years after this attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.
The president of the special assize court, Laurent Raviot, launched the proceedings shortly before 2 p.m., which are to last until on December 16, with the questioning of the identity of the seven defendants present and confirming the absence of the eighth, Brahim Tritou, under an arrest warrant and detained in Tunisia.
A participant waits outside the trial broadcast room for civil parties at the Acropolis Convention Center in Nice.
A total of 86 people lost their lives and more than 450 others were injured in this attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, the deadliest committed on French soil after those of November 13, 2015 against the Stade de France, the Bataclan and Parisian terraces.
In addition to questioning the identity of the accused, the first day will be devoted to updating the civil party constitutions. They were already 865 before the trial.
The first words of the defendants are expected on Tuesday.
Civil party who came to the first day of the hearing, Danielle Lechailler, 73, admits still feeling anger.
For six years, we have had time to cope but there's a scar there. We expect sanctions and the application of sentences from justice, she says firmly.
A lawyer enters the trial broadcast room for the civil parties and the lawyers.
In the absence of the assailant driving the truck, Mohamed Lahouaiej- Bouhlel, killed by the police on the evening of the attack, eight people of Franco-Tunisian, Tunisian or Albanian nationality, including a woman, appear before the special Assize Court of Paris, in a room specially built for the November 13 trial.
Three of them – Ramzi Kevin Arefa, Chokri Chafroud and Artan Henaj – appear in detention, including one (Artan Henaj) in connection with another case.
Four others – Maksim Celaj, Endri Elezi, Mohamed Ghraieb and Enkeledja Zace – have been placed under judicial supervision and will appear free in court.
The eighth, Brahim Tritrou, is tried in his absence after having broken his judicial control. According to his lawyer, he is being held in Tunisia. A warrant for his arrest has been issued by the French courts.
Only three defendants (Ramzi Kevin Arefa, Chokri Chafroud and Mohamed Ghraieb) are being prosecuted for criminal association terrorist.
In a state of legal recidivism, the first incurs life imprisonment, the other 2 a sentence of 20 years in prison.
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For the prosecution, they would have assisted in the preparation of the attack committed by Lahouaiej-Bouhlel.
This 31-year-old Tunisian, delivery driver with a strong character unstable, was better known before the facts for acts of violence, in particular against his wife, than for his closeness to the jihadist movement.
None of the defendants is being prosecuted for complicity in murder or attempted murder by an organized gang. The investigation could not determine whether they knew of the plot.
The prosecution, however, pointed out their very close proximity to Lahouaiej-Bouhlel and felt that they were fully aware of his adherence to the ideology of armed jihad and his fascination with violent acting out.
< p class="e-p">According to the indictment, it was only about ten days before the attack that the Tunisian showed signs of radicalization, even if he had part of an ideological approach of jihadist inspiration several months before.
He was not on file for radicalization by the intelligence services.
The ram truck attack took place on the evening of July 14, 2016 on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice.
While IS claimed responsibility for the attack, the investigation was unable to establish any direct link between Lahouaiej-Bouhlel and the jihadist organization. This claim appears to be more […] of pure expediency, she concludes.
The other 5 defendants are being prosecuted for common law offenses – criminal association and breaches of the gun laws – and face 5 to 10 years imprisonment.
Compared to the trial of the November 13 attacks in France, security measures have been significantly reduced around the courthouse. Cars can circulate freely in front of the building. However, controls remain strict for access to the courtroom.
The trial will be broadcast simultaneously in a hall of the Acropolis convention center in Nice.
The hearings, which will take place from Tuesday to Friday, morning and evening, will also be accessible by web radio, with a slight delay of 30 minutes, for civil parties who so request, including at the court. ;foreign. A full translation will be provided in English.
Like that of November 13, the trial of the Nice attack will be filmed and recorded for the archives.
Among the witnesses expected to take the stand in the coming weeks, former President François Hollande and the Minister of the Interior at the time, Bernard Cazeneuve.