The Bataclan Trial. Salah Abdeslam and the Banality of Terror

The only surviving attacker from the terror commando that descended on Paris on the night of Nov. 13, 2015, is currently on trial. The young man used to like going out, drinking alcohol and smoking joints. What happened?

By Britta Sandberg in Paris26.11.2021,

The shattered window of the restaurant La Belle Équipe after the Nov. 14, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris
The shattered window of the restaurant La Belle Équipe after the Nov. 14, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris Foto: Elyxandro Cegarra / Anadolu / Getty Images

The witness, François Hollande, walks quickly through the courtroom, past the light-colored, wooden benches where the co-plaintiffs and journalists are sitting. Past the huge glass box from which 11 of the 20 defendants are following the proceedings. The former French president doesn’t even look at them before stopping at a lectern at the front of the courtroom.javascript:void(0)https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.489.0_en.html#goog_1828314930

Behind Hollande to the left, just a few meters from him and separated by a pane of glass, sits Salah Abdeslam, 32, the only surviving member of the terror commando that descended on Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. Never before, it seems safe to say, have a representative of terror and a representative of the state come as close to each other as in this courtroom. It didn’t happen in the military tribunals in Guantanamo, nor in other terror trials.

read more here https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/the-bataclan-trial-salah-abdeslam-and-the-banality-of-terror-a-292943ec-f430-4ac3-823b-d9c62d91970e

1 reply

  1. Right. Most so-called Islamic terrorists have a history of crime and alcohol addiction and more of that kind of thing. Impossible to understand the logic of those guys…

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