Fourteen Found Guilty in the Charlie Hebdo Trial For 2015 Paris Terror Attacks

A court in Paris has found 14 people guilty for being involved in a series of militant Islamist attacks across Paris, including the attacks on satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine and on a Jewish supermarket, that killed 17 people in 2015.

A court in Paris has found 14 people guilty for being involved in a series of militant Islamist attacks across Paris, including the attacks on satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine and on a Jewish supermarket, that killed 17 people in 2015.

Eleven defendants appeared in court on Dec. 16 while the other three were tried in absence. It is unknown if the three are still alive. All 14 were found guilty for being accomplices to the deadly attacks that took place from Jan. 7 to 9 in 2015.

The court sentenced Ali Riza Polat to 30 years in jail for complicity in a terrorist crime. He was described as the right-hand man of Amedy Coulibaly, who killed five people in a supermarket, including a police officer, and was then killed by the police, along with brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi.

Hayat Boumeddiene, Coulibaly’s former wife, was also sentenced to 30 years in jail. She was found guilty of belonging to a criminal terrorist network and for financing terrorism.

Mohamed Belhoucine was among those tried in absence and was sentenced to life in jail.

Several others, including Amar Ramdani, Saïd Makhlouf, and Nezar Mickaël Pastor Alwatik were convicted for belonging to a criminal terrorist network.

The court dropped terrorism charges on six of the 11 defendants who appeared in court and were handed a 4-year jail sentence for simple criminal conviction.

The verdict ends the three-month trial that had been repeatedly delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The proceedings took place as France had another series of militant Islamist attacks, including the beheading of schoolteacher Samuel Paty who showed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Prophet Muhammed to his class.


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