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Surviving Paris Attacker Gets France's Toughest Sentence

Historic Bataclan trial ends with 20 guilty verdicts

(Newser) - This story has been updated with sentencing details. The biggest trial in France's modern history has concluded after nearly 10 months, with all 20 defendants found guilty of charges related to the 2015 ISIS attack on the Bataclan theater and other Paris locations that killed 130 people. Salah Abdeslam...

Paris Attack Defendant Apologizes to Victims

Salah Abdeslam says he decided against suicide bombing; prosecutors say his device failed

(Newser) - The victims of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed, have received an apology and a request for forgiveness. "I wish to express my condolences and offer an apology to all the victims," Salah Abdeslam said in court in Paris, the BBC reports....

Paris Attack Suspect: 'I Know My Statement May Be Shocking'

Salah Abdeslam says it was 'nothing personal'

(Newser) - The key defendant in the 2015 Paris attacks trial said Wednesday that ISIS was simply attacking France, and that the deaths of 130 people was "nothing personal." Wearing all black and declining to remove his black mask, Salah Abdeslam was the last of the 14 defendants present in...

After Paris Terror Suspect's Outburst, 'You Bastard' Is Heard

'We suffered 130 deaths, you bastard,' somebody said from back of courtroom

(Newser) - The trial of 20 men accused of involvement in the 2015 Paris terror attacks got underway Wednesday —and it was soon disrupted by an outburst from the main suspect, Saleh Abdeslam. The Guardian reports that Abdeslam, believed to be the only survivor of the group that carried out the...

Biggest Trial in France's Modern History Begins
Biggest Trial in France's
Modern History Begins
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Biggest Trial in France's Modern History Begins

It involves 20 men accused in ISIS' 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130

(Newser) - A trial that the BBC reports is regarded as "the biggest in France's modern history" began Wednesday in Paris over the 2015 ISIS attacks that killed 130 people, 90 of them inside the Bataclan concert hall . What you need to know about the trial, which the AP reports...

Only Surviving Paris Attack Suspect Goes on Trial

Salah Abdeslam is being tried for Brussels shootout

(Newser) - The only surviving member of the ISIS cell that attacked Paris in November 2015 is appearing in public for the first time since his arrest nearly two years ago. Salah Abdeslam goes on trial in his hometown of Brussels on charges of attempted murder for a police shootout from which...

Lawyers Abandon 'Silent' Paris Suspect

Abdeslam 'will use his right to remain silent'

(Newser) - Know an attorney in want of a challenge? The two lawyers representing the only living suspect in the Paris terror attacks have dropped Salah Abdeslam's case. Abdeslam's French lawyer Frank Berton says his client "will not talk and will use his right to remain silent," leaving...

Paris Suspect's Own Lawyer Mocks His Intelligence

As Salah Abdeslam is extradited to France, his Belgian lawyer has colorful words

(Newser) - Suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam was on Wednesday extradited to France, with the Belgium prosecutor's office very plainly saying he "surrendered to the French authorities this morning." French criminal lawyer Frank Berton will be taking on his case, reports the BBC , and Abdeslam's Belgian lawyer seems...

Brussels Cell Plotted to Hit Paris Again

But attackers were rushed into hit on Belgium by series of police raids

(Newser) - The Brussels attackers initially planned a second assault on France, but were "surprised by the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation" and "urgently took the decision to strike in Brussels," the Federal Prosecution Office said Sunday, per CNN . Investigators found intimate links between the cell...

Lawyer: Paris Suspect Ready to Cooperate

Salah Abdeslam to accept extradition to France

(Newser) - A lawyer for Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam says he's finally ready "to cooperate with the French authorities," reports the Independent . At a Thursday hearing in Belgium—where Abdeslam was captured in the basement of a distant relative on March 18—his lawyer says the alleged terrorist...

Paris Suspect 'Didn't Know' of Brussels Plot

4th, 5th attackers may still be on the run

(Newser) - Salah Abdeslam, the Paris terror suspect whose arrest in Brussels may have triggered Tuesday's carnage , is claiming he knew nothing about the Belgium plot. Outside a Brussels court hearing surrounded by extremely heavy security Thursday, Abdeslam's lawyer said his client had changed his mind about fighting extradition and...

Brothers IDed as Bombers; 3rd Suspect at Large

And possibly a fourth as Brussels investigation continues

(Newser) - Two of the suicide bombers in Monday's Brussels attacks have been identified as brothers, while a third key suspect has been named but remains at large. Belgian state broadcaster RTBF identified the brothers as Khalid and Brahim El Bakraoui, and said they are believed to have blown themselves up,...

Lucky Breaks Led Police to 'Europe's Most Wanted Man'

Salah Abdeslam was hiding in plain sight, chance raid gave him away

(Newser) - " It was an absolutely cold track," a French intel veteran of the hunt for Salah Abdeslam as of Monday night. Four months into the hunt for the key terrorist in the Paris attacks, officials didn't know if he was still in Europe or if he'd slipped...

Paris Suspect Salah Abdeslam Charged With 'Terrorist Murder'

His lawyer says he plans to fight extradition to France

(Newser) - Belgian authorities have officially charged Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam and another man with "participation in terrorist murder" and in the activities of a terrorist organization, the AP reports. Three other suspects were also picked up during Friday's police raid in Brussels that finally nabbed Abdeslam after his four-month...

Most Wanted Man in Europe Is Captured

Salah Abdeslam allegedly played role in Paris attacks

(Newser) - Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris terror attacks and Europe's most wanted man, was captured alive Friday during a raid in Brussels, Belgian counterterrorism sources tell CNN and the AP . The 26-year-old was believed to be hiding out in a Brussels apartment since the Nov. 13 attacks, and...

Inside 'Bomb Workshop,' Paris Fugitive's Fingerprint

Salah Abdeslam may have returned to Brussels apartment

(Newser) - Belgian authorities say they've found a hideout visited by Paris-attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam. Police found traces of the explosive powder acetone peroxide, three handmade belts that could carry explosives, and Abdeslam's fingerprint in a third-floor apartment on Rue Bergé in Brussels' Schaerbeek district during a raid on Dec....

Paris Fugitive May Have Had Cold Feet

Police believe abandoned suicide belt belonged to Salah Abdeslam

(Newser) - Authorities say Salah Abdeslam should have been the eighth suicide attacker in Paris on Nov. 13, but he either got cold feet or his suicide belt failed. Police say the explosive belt found without a detonator in the suburb of Montrouge may have been discarded by Abdeslam before he escaped...

Brussels Still on Alert, Seeking 'Several Suspects'

As brother of suspect Salah Abdeslam urges him: 'Surrender'

(Newser) - Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon says "several suspects" tied to the Paris attacks could be at large in the country. Jambon told Flemish broadcaster VRT this is why Belgium has put so many security resources in place in the past few days. Authorities have previously said Salah Abdeslam, who...

3rd Body Pulled From Raid Rubble Near Paris

And 2nd body has been positively IDed as female cousin of alleged mastermind

(Newser) - A third body has been pulled from the wreckage of Wednesday's police raid north of Paris, the New York Times reports. The body of alleged attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud was positively identified Thursday, and forensics experts also confirmed the body of Hasna Aitboulahcen, said to be Abaaoud's cousin,...

Suspects in Paris Attack Owned Bar
Suspects in Paris Attack Owned Bar

Suspects in Paris Attack Owned Bar

It was closed over drug trafficking allegations this month

(Newser) - Before they were suspects in the deadliest attack on French soil since WWII, brothers Brahim and Salah Abdeslam owned a bar called Les Beguines in Brussels, the Wall Street Journal reports. "I used to go there every day after work," a neighbor tells the Telegraph . "We would...

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