Charlie Hebdo: 14 found guilty in terrorist attacks trial in 2015

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In a series of terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, a French court found 14 persons guilty of involvement.

When the verdict was handed down, eleven of those sentenced were in custody, while the other three – including the only woman charged – were tried in absentia after entering the IS.

Thirteen men and one woman were on trial for the attacks in 2015 on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and the Paris supermarket that sparked a wave of violence in Europe by the so-called Islamic State party.

Seventeen citizens and all three perpetrators were killed in a three-day attack in January 2015 in the French capital.

The defendants were accused of acquiring guns and cars and assisting with logistics at the French Terrorism Court in Paris,

During an editorial meeting at Charlie Hebdo, whose offices had been unmarked and guarded by police since the release of Prophet Mohammed’s cartoons years earlier, the attacks started on Jan. 7-9, 2015.

Until hijacking a car and escaping, Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi shot 12 people.

In the name of al-Qaeda, they claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Two days later, in the name of IS, Amedy Coulibaly raided the Hyper Cacher supermarket on the eve of the Jewish Sabbath and killed four hostages while the brothers seized control of a printing shop outside the French capital.

During a police raid, the attackers died the same day.

It took investigators days to discover that Coulibaly was also responsible for a young policewoman’s apparently accidental death the day before.

The network of petty criminals and neighborhood associates that connected the three assailants took several weeks to unravel.

In the meantime, with the aid of two brothers also accused in the case, Coulibaly’s wife had absconded to Syria.

Many of the 11 who would testify in court say their support was unwitting in the mass killings.

“Since 2012, terrorism has capitalized on the prevalent criminality that exists around these terrorists,”

“They are not second fiddlers, they are full-fledged accomplices. If you provide a weapon, it’s not to go to a party.”

A separate network of French and Belgian IS fighters struck again in Paris later that year, this time killing 130 people in the Bataclan concert hall, national stadium, bars and restaurants.

Those convicted today were all found guilty of helping to plan, fund, and endorse the terrorist attacks after the trial was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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