A French court on Wednesday sentenced the lone survivor of the Islamist militant group that killed 130 people in a night of carnage in Paris in 2015 to life in prison, giving a certain sense of closure to survivors and a country whose soul has been wounded. attacks.
Salah Abdeslam was found guilty of terrorism, with no possibility of release, in a sentence handed down only four times before in France.
19 other men on trial for helping to organize the November 13, 2015 attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, six bars and restaurants and the Stade de France were found guilty.
Abdeslam had said at the beginning of the trial that he was a “soldier” of the Islamic State, who claimed responsibility for the attacks.
He later apologized to the victims and said during the trial that he had decided at the last minute not to detonate his explosive vest. But based on investigations and hearings, the court has ruled that this is not true.
“The court found that there was a defect in the explosive vest,” said Judge Jean-Louis Peries. Abdeslam is “guilty of being a member of a terrorist network,” he also said.