How to allow all the civil parties to follow the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015? Aware of the stakes, the Ministry of Justice has decided to allow the establishment of an Internet radio to ensure a remote monitoring of the debates, only audio and in very secure conditions.
An amendment to this effect, presented by Éric Dupond-Moretti, was adopted Wednesday, November 25 at the National Assembly during the examination of a text, by the Law Commission, on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. ” It is an initiative that goes in the right direction because very many people will not be able to be present in Paris to follow this trial which promises to be very long. », Considers Philippe Duperron, president of the association 13onze15-Fraternité et Truth.
Six months of hearing
The trial of the attacks which left 130 dead at the Bataclan, the Stade de France and on the terraces of the 10th and 11th arrondissements of Paris is due to be held in September 2021. An extraordinary judicial meeting since 1,750 civil parties are expected and practically 300 lawyers. The hearings are expected to last six months and will take place in the former courthouse in Paris. A special courtroom is currently under construction there. And the debates will be broadcast by video transmission in several adjoining rooms.
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” Among the victims, some, eager to turn the page, do not want to attend the trial, or even hear about it. But it is essential that anyone who wishes to follow it without the media filter, can do so. », Indicates Olivier Laplaud, vice-president of the association Life for Paris.
A “different” scenario
A concern shared by Jean-Michel Hayat and Catherine Champrenault, respectively first president and attorney general near the Paris Court of Appeal. “We have been talking with associations on this subject for several weeks. », We say in the entourage of the latter. As Éric Dupond-Moretti reminded the Assembly, a precedent has already taken place during the trial of Abdelkader Merah, Mohamed’s brother, in Paris in 2017. A soldier, who remained quadriplegic after being seriously injured by the terrorist in 2012, then attended the hearing from his hospital room via a videoconference system.
During the trial of those who were irradiated in Epinal in 2012, some of the victims, unable to travel to Paris, had followed the proceedings on a screen installed in the court of Epinal. ” But here, the case is different since the civil parties are very numerous and distributed geographically throughout France and abroad. », We emphasize to the General Prosecutor’s Office.
A “sound recording” of the trial
The amendment does not specifically cite the trial of the November 13, 2015 attacks. It simply states that the first president of the court of appeal can decide, “ in the interest of the proper administration of justice “That the course of the hearing make” the object of a sound recording allowing its deferred diffusion, by a means of telecommunications guaranteeing the confidentiality of the transmission, to the civil parties who have made the request “.
Initially, it had been envisaged to retransmit, as is the case in the adjacent rooms, the images and the sound. ” This makes it easier to follow the debates. Because in a trial, there is what you hear but also everything you can see, especially the faces of each other. But in the end, we were sensitive to the risk of hacking or “leakage” », Indicates Olivier Laplaud.
” Better than nothing “
The question of the image is indeed very sensitive in anti-terrorist trials where, like all other trials, the media are prohibited from filming inside the courtroom. Some magistrates also do not wish no longer be photographed outdoors. A concern for discretion shared by a good number of victims. This became very clear during the trial of the January 2015 terrorist attacks which is currently taking place in Paris. Several survivors have testified there with difficulty, paralyzed at the idea that the anonymity in which they have been trying to immerse themselves for five years could be broken.
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During this trial also broadcast unbearable images of the “crime scene” within Charlie Hebdo. And although access to the broadcast of the November 13 trial will be secure, no one wants to take the slightest risk of seeing certain sensitive images end up on social networks. ” We therefore agree to a sound-only retransmission. It’s better than nothing », Considers Philippe Duperron.