Father of Paris attacks victim questions sense of a full life sentence

By Georges Salines

At the end of an almost ten-month trial, the sentencing of 20 individuals accused of perpetrating or helping to perpetrate the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in and around Paris was pronounced on Wednesday, including a 30-year jail term without possibility of parole for one of the terrorists, Salah Abdeslam. Throughout the trial, Mediapart has been publishing the reactions to the proceedings from seven direct and indirect victims of the attacks. One of them is Georges Salines, whose daughter Lola, 28, was among the 90 people murdered at the Bataclan concert hall. In his latest contribution, written shortly before the verdicts were announced, he questions the sense behind severe jail sentences, and notably that, widely expected, handed to Abdeslam, which he says “abandons the idea of any possibility of remorse, of making amends, of redemption”.

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At the end of the longest-ever trial France, a panel of five judges on Wednesday announced their verdicts and the sentencing of 20 men accused, variously, of perpetrating or helping to perpetrate the Islamic State group’s terrorist attacks in and around Paris on the evening of November 13th 2015 which left 130 people dead and more than 400 wounded.