Since Wednesday, the three representatives of the Pnat have been meticulously reconstructing “the puzzle” of the worst attacks committed on French soil, from the genesis of the project born in Syria to the recruitment of “seasoned jihadists” by the Islamic State group, until the final preparations.
During the first eleven hours of their requisitions, the Advocates General, in a precise and sometimes arid presentation, dissected the charges they hold against the 20 defendants referred to the Special Assize Court of Paris, including six tried in their absence.
Twelve of them face life imprisonment.
Will the Pnat ask for life with an “incompressible” security period against Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the commandos who struck France on November 13, 2015, staggering the country?
This sanction, which reduces the possibility of obtaining an adjustment of sentence and therefore a release, was only very rarely requested and pronounced only four times.
The prosecution exhausted Salah Abdeslam’s line of defense on Thursday. Remained silent during almost all of the investigation, the 32-year-old Frenchman repeatedly affirmed at the hearing that he “gave up” on triggering his explosive belt on the evening of the attacks, “out of humanity”.
He assured that he joined the jihadist cell “at the last moment”, denying having been “a real recruit” or even a “replacement”, noted Advocate General Nicolas Le Bris, ironically on this alleged role of “terrorist fallen from the sky “.
“All this is not credible,” swept the magistrate. “His goal was to cut all ties with the terrorists, to dissociate himself from them”.
Talkative box neighbor and childhood friend of Salah Abdeslam, Mohamed Abrini, “the man in the hat” of the Brussels attacks in March 2016, was also “well planned” for November 13, according to the prosecution.
The day before he had accompanied the commandos in the “convoy of death” from Brussels to the Paris region.
His “hasty departure” on the night of November 12 to 13, 2015, due according to the prosecution to a last minute renunciation, “constituted an unforeseen event for all members of the commandos”, estimated Nicolas Le Bris.
The prosecution said it was “convinced” that “11 men” should be part of the commandos. Just as he is “convinced” that the accused Osama Krayem and Sofien Ayari were to “commit an attack on the evening of November 13” at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
The “why” of their renunciation remains a mystery but they are the “two survivors of the Dutch commandos”, launched Nicolas Le Bris.
Members of the same cell whose commandos are “interchangeable” and “killing machines”, the Swede Osama Krayem and the Tunisian Sofien Ayari are “well and truly” for the public prosecutor’s office the “accomplices” of the attacks committed in Paris and St Denis.
In its indictment, the prosecution also did not spare the 10 other defendants present, suspected of having provided assistance to the cell.
The Pnat does “no confusion between the levels of responsibility of each”, assured the Advocate General Nicolas Braconnay. However, “we strongly reject the expression of second knives”.
“All protest that they have clean hands” but “by conviction, complacency, cowardice or greed, they fed the beast, they lodged the beast, they transported the beast, they protected the hiding place of the beast , they helped to arm the beast,” said the magistrate.
Without them, “there would have been no attacks,” he insisted.
The prosecution’s sentencing requests are expected mid-afternoon on Friday.
The floor will be given to the defense from Monday and for two weeks. The verdict is expected on June 29.