, which ISIS claimed responsibility for
, links 130 mense dood en 494 wounded across the French capital
— in bars
, restaurante, at a concert hall and outside the famed Stade de France
, where a soccer match was taking place
Of the accused, 19 were found guilty on all counts, while one — Farid Kharkhach — was convicted of a lesser charge than he initially faced. Die ander 13 defendants in the courtroom received prison terms ranging from 2 years to 30 years for their crimes.
Abdeslam didn’t appear to react to his sentence. Kharkhach, who received the lightest sentence, cried after hearing his verdict.
The verdicts are a culmination of a lengthy trial which began on September 8, 2021 and involved more than 330 lawyers and approximately 1,800 civil parties, according to the French Justice Ministry. The proceedings took place in a purpose-built courtroom inside the the Palais de Justice in central Paris.
The trial heard testimony from first responders who described the horrors they witnessed at the Bataclan concert hall and at bars and restaurants across the city
. Survivors spoke of their desperation as they tried to hide from the terrorists
, and family members of those killed recalled how their anxiety turned to sorrow as they learned of the death of their loved ones
, who was arrested in
2016, spoke publicly for the first time early in the trial
, defiantly declaring himself
“an Islamic State soldier
,” upsetting some survivors who took his words as a threat
Abdeslam later apologized to the victims and claimed to have killed no one
He says he chose not to detonate his explosive vest, and on the final day of hearings in the case urged the court not to give him a harsh sentence: “I made mistakes, dit is waar, but I’m not a murderer, I’m not a killer,” hy het gesê.
Many of the survivors and the families of those who died are hoping to move on with their lives following the lengthy court case.
Life for Paris, the main organization for survivors and victims’ families announced on Tuesday that the organization will begin to wind down, eventually closing on November 13, 2025, the ten-year anniversary of the attacks.
“(The dissolution) is also for us to return to a certain form of normalcy, at our own free will, far from public attention,” the group said in a statement.