Investigating judges charged with investigating the attacks of 13 November 2015 that left 130 dead in Paris and Saint-Denis have completed their investigations, according to a judicial source, on 21 October.
Four years after these attacks that were the deadliest of the wave of jihadist attacks in France, the magistrates announced Monday, October 21 their intention to close the judicial information , opening a month deadline for the observations of the parties and for the requisitions of the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor's Office (PNAT), before a final decision of the judges on the holding of a trial.
Fourteen people indicted
A total of fourteen people, including eleven remand prisoners, are indicted in this sprawling investigation, which should lead to a trial in Paris that will not be held for a year at best. Among them, Salah Abdeslam , the only member still alive of the three jihadist commandos who perpetrated these attacks, is incarcerated in France, three and a half years after being arrested in Belgium.
Five other suspects, sometimes presumed dead in Syria or Iraq like the Clain brothers, are targeted by an arrest warrant. On November 13, 2015, nine men attacked the French capital and Saint-Denis at several points, near the Stade de France, at restaurant terraces and in the Bataclan concert hall, leaving 130 dead and more than 350 wounded.
The investigations revealed a much larger jihadist cell behind these attacks, claimed by the Islamic State organization , with ramifications throughout Europe, mainly in Belgium. On March 22, 2016 , she also knocked on the airport and on the Brussels Metro, killing 32 people.
The investigation also ended on the Thalys attack
The investigating judges in charge of investigating the jihadist attack foiled on a Thalys Amsterdam-Paris train in the summer of 2015 announced Monday the end of their investigations, according to judicial sources.
A few months before the attacks of 13-November, August 21, 2015, Ayoub El Khazzani, mounted in Brussels station, opened fire shortly after entering France, armed with a Kalashnikov and nine full loaders. This Moroccan citizen, then 26 years old, was acting on the instructions of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, coordinator of the Islamic State group (IS) who hit France and Belgium in 2015 and 2016. He injured two passengers before being controlled by American soldiers on vacation, which had thus avoided carnage.
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Along with El Khazzani, four men are indicted in the investigation in France. Starting with Bilal Chatra and Redouane Sebbar. The first is implicated for playing the role of smuggler for El Khazzani and Abaaoud, on their way back from Syria in the middle of the flow of migrants. The second would have participated in the preparations for the shooting on the train. The two others indicted are Mohamed Bakkali, considered an essential logistician of the jihadist cell, and Youssef Siraj, accused of having hosted El Khazzani in Brussels before the attack.
( with AFP )