The missing 'accomplices' in the Paris terrorist attacks trial

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The trial of 14 people accused of complicity in the separate January 2015 terrorist attacks in and around the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, against a Jewish food store, and a policewoman, opened in the French capital on Wednesday. The three perpetrators, who murdered a total of 17 people, were themselves shot dead by police. Absent from the hearings are three defendants whose fate or eventual whereabouts is unknown, while others have slipped through the net of the investigations. In this first of a two-part report, Matthieu Suc details the background and chronology of events leading to this marathon trial due to end in November.

 

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The trial opened on Wednesday of 14 people accused of acting as accomplices to three separate terrorist attacks in Paris that began on January 7th 2015 with the shooting massacre at the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, before the killing of a policewoman, and the murders of hostages at a kosher store, claiming a total of 17 lives, and ending with the deaths of the three perpetrators.