On the first day of the November 13 trial, the provocations of Salah Abdeslam

Should the conditions of detention of the accused at the trial of the November 13 attacks be made more flexible? This sensitive issue suddenly took place in the courtroom on Wednesday September 8 at the end of the afternoon. It all started with the discomfort of one of the accused sitting in the box: Farid Kharkhach, a 39-year-old Belgian-Moroccan, suspected of having facilitated the supply of false papers to the terrorists of November 13.

Indisposed, he asked to leave the room which led to a suspension of the hearing granted by President Jean-Louis Périès. At the resumption, one of Farid Kharkhach’s lawyers spoke by evoking the fragility of his client. “He does not play comedy, he has no interest in being noticed”, explained his defender, referring to the “ depressive symptomatology of his client, which is proven in the file ”.Then the lawyer denounced the way his client had been treated when he arrived at the courthouse. “He suffered two strip searches, which was disproportionate », He affirmed, before questioning his living conditions in prison.

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After spending three years in ordinary detention, Farid Kharkhach was placed in solitary confinement fifteen days before the start of the trial, said the lawyer, affirming that his client was experiencing this situation very badly. “I am sounding the alarm bells on his prison conditions. This justice must be worthy ”, insisted the defender.

“We are not in an ecclesiastical tribunal”

Then Salah Abdeslam rose to challenge the president, in a very direct tone. “You don’t pay attention to people. Even though we are dangerous, we are human beings, not dogs. It is very clean here, there are screens, air conditioning. But behind, we are treated like dogs. I have been treated like a dog for six years. And if I didn’t complain, it’s because I know that after death, we will be resuscitated. You will have to be accountable ”, launched Salah Abdeslam to a president very annoyed by the religious references made by the accused. ” We are not in an ecclesiastical tribunal but in front of a democratic tribunal ”, replied Jean-Louis Périès.

Beyond this rather lively exchange, which reveals the very combative spirit of Salah Abdeslam from the opening of the trial, the conditions of detention of the accused are likely to be mentioned again during this long-term trial. Those of Salah Abdeslam, particularly strict, have already been the subject of appeals on his part since his arrest.

“We must not kill 130 people”

Before the opening of the hearing, a few defense lawyers raised the same issue. “My client has been imprisoned since the end of 2015 and has spent several years in solitary confinement. He was subsequently returned to ordinary detention and subsequently placed in solitary confinement before trial. He saw it badly, and it is difficult to know if this could have an effect on his behavior at the hearing ”, thus explained to The cross Me Léa Dordilly, who defends Adel Haddadi, an Algerian sent to Europe from Syria to carry out an attack, before being arrested in Austria.

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But the subject is highly sensitive due to the gravity of the November 13 attacks. In the courtroom, a few murmurs of disapproval thus roamed the benches of the civil parties at the time of the speech of the lawyer of Farid Kharkhach and especially that of Salah Abdeslam. “We must not kill 130 people”, dropped a man, visibly exasperated.


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