The prosecution on Thursday demanded life imprisonment for Réda Kriket, retried in Paris for a jihadist attack plan foiled in 2016 after the discovery of a war arsenal in an apartment in the Paris region.
Already sentenced to 24 years in prison
This same maximum sentence, accompanied by a security period of 22 years, was requested against two of the co-defendants of Réda Kriket and "members" of the same jihadist cell, Anis Bahri and Abderrahmane Ameuroud, also retried since May 13 before the special assize court.
All three were sentenced in April 2021 to 24 years in prison.
The public prosecutor, who had already requested life in the first instance, had appealed.
During this new trial, it was in front of an empty box that the public prosecutor's office took its requisitions: Réda Kriket, a 40-year-old former repeat offender, Anis Bahri, 38, and Abderrahmane Ameuroud, an elderly Afghan jihad veteran. 44, have been refusing to appear in court since May 23.
A very dangerous arsenal
On March 24, 2016, two days after the attacks in Brussels, an arsenal of an "unprecedented" scale was discovered in an apartment that Réda Kriket rented under a false name in Argenteuil (Val-d'Oise).
“Six Kalashnikovs, seven handguns, 33 chargers”, thousands of ammunition, “i.e. a firepower three times greater than that of the attacks of November 13”, assessed the general counsel.
Explosives and 11,000 metal balls were also seized.
For the prosecution, "we are in the presence of a cell which was preparing attacks, coordinated and obviously directly linked to the Islamic State".
The court ruling at first instance considered that “no element” made it possible to link the projects of this Argenteuil cell to IS.
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