November 13 trial: one defendant positive for Covid-19, new one-week suspension

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Already interrupted several times because of the Covid-19, the trial of the November 13 attacks was again suspended on Friday for a week, an accused being in turn affected by the Covid. This new interruption comes on the third day of a new series of hearings of some 90 civil parties, survivors of the jihadist attacks which left 130 dead in Paris and Saint-Denis. It could lead to the postponement of the verdict to June 29.

Open for almost eight months, the trial of the attacks of November 13 was suspended for a week, Friday May 6, an accused having been checked tested positive for Covid-19. He had already been interrupted several times for this reason.

“We will not be able to hold this hearing today, nor next week”, announced the president of the special assize court of Paris, Jean-Louis Périès, Friday when the hearing resumed. This will resume “normally on May 17 at 12:30 p.m.”, he announced.

“An accused is in turn affected by Covid-19. In the current state of the procedure, it is not possible to sit,” explained the president. “‘Dura lex, sed lex’ (“the law is hard, but it’s the law”, Ed)”, he commented.

Farid Kharkhach, one of 11 defendants appearing in custody at the trial, tested positive after showing symptoms of Covid-19 in court on Thursday.

The 39-year-old Belgian-Moroccan is “confused” for the civil parties who were to testify, assured one of his lawyers, Mand Fanny Vial.

The verdict could be pushed back to June 29

This new interruption comes on the third day of a new series of hearings of some 90 civil parties – survivors of the jihadist attacks which resulted in the death of 130 people in Paris and Saint-Denis, but also bereaved relatives of the victims.

The court was initially to hear, at the beginning of next week, the members of the American group Eagles of Death Metal, whose concert at the Bataclan on the evening of November 13, 2015 had been abruptly interrupted by Kalashnikov fire. Their hearings are postponed to a later date.

The Covid has already invited itself several times to the trial, postponing the scheduled end of the hearing by four weeks.

Before this new case of contamination, the verdict was expected on June 24. It could now be returned “June 29”, President Périès said during this brief hearing.

With AFP

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