At the Paris bombings trial, the accused's lousy balancing act

Cwhen will we have the floor? “, Was angry Monday Salah Abdeslam in the box of the accused. “You will have to wait,” the president of the specially composed Assize Court, who has been judging for a week the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris and Saint-Denis (130 dead), replied very firmly. Finally, Jean-Louis Périès changed his mind. At this stage of the trial, while the investigators take the stand, he would like to know how the fourteen of the twenty accused present are positioned. “No obligation”, he had specified Tuesday evening after the very dense hearing of the Belgian investigating judge Isabelle Panou. But he specified that a short statement by the accused, in the American way of saying whether or not one intends to plead “guilty”, would be welcome to inform the continuation of the debates. And that if we expected from now on a succinct position on the facts, no question would be asked of them for the moment.

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