December 16, 2020 marks the end of a historic trial after three long months of hearings, interrupted by the health crisis and three terrorist attacks that plunged France into mourning this fall.
The Special Assize Court in Paris sentenced fourteen people found to be accomplices of the terrorists with sentences ranging from four years to life imprisonment.
In the absence of the perpetrators of the 2015 attacks – Amédy Coulibaly and the Kouachy brothers, who were shot by the forces of law and order at the time of the attacks – Richard Malka, Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer, whose plea will make history, evokes in an article published in Charlie Hebdo the “trial of a nebula”: “As lawyers for the civil parties, we were not animated by a spirit of vengeance but by the will to understand. We wanted justice to be done. She expressed herself […] It was the trial of a nebula. But the message of justice is that anyone who in any way participates in the nebula of terrorism is subject to very severe prison sentences”.
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