Paris attacks trial accused give final statements before sentencing

At the close of the nine-month trial in Paris of 20 people accused, variously, of perpetrating or helping to commit the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in the French capital, the 14 defendants present – six are being tried in absetia – were on Monday given their last opportunity to speak before the court retired to decide its verdicts, which will be delivered on Wednesday.

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The sole surviving member of a cell alleged to have carried out the November 2015 terrorist bombings and shootings across Paris insisted he was not a killer, as the nine-month trial drew to a close, reports The Guardian.