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Prosecutors seek life imprisonment for 12 men in Paris terror attack trial

On November 13, 2015, Paris, the capital of France, was the target of a series of coordinated Islamist terrorist attacks. The attacks began at 9:15 p.m. and targeted the Stade de France stadium, bars and restaurants and a rock concert at the Bataclan concert hall.

As France’s biggest-ever criminal trial enters its final weeks, French prosecutors have demanded life imprisonment for all 12 men on trial for the attack.

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All the evidence is reviewed but still many questions remain unanswered.

The attacks killed 130 people and injured more than 490.

The main accused, Salah Abdeslam, is believed to be the last survivor of the 10 men who struck the town. Most of them committed suicide or were killed by the police.

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Prosecutor Camille Hennetier denounced before the court the “cruelty of the terrorists who shot again and again and took pleasure in killing”, and specified that the attacks were for the most part prepared outside France.

Abdeslam, 32, a Brussels-born French citizen who also allegedly took part in the attack, told the court he gave up the attack at a bar, but prosecutors said his explosive belt simply hurt worked.

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Many prosecutors believe that a lot of things “still remain unclear”.

Mohammed Abrini, another defendant had also been part of the group in Paris, after which he returned to Belgium. He was then arrested after the March 2016 attacks at the Brussels airport and metro.

“Salah Abdeslam and Mohammed Abrini did not hide their jihadist commitment, but both tried to cover their ideas,” Paris prosecutor Nicolas Le Bris told the court.

The verdict is expected on June 29.

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