The defendants are seven men and one woman, but not all of them will be able to participate. They are the people who helped the bomber buy weapons or order the truck he used to run over people on the English Promenade in Nis.
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However, there is no direct participant in the attack among the defendants, as was the case in the case of the Bataclan radicals trial in 2015. At that time, the only surviving member of the terrorist commando, Salah Abdeslam, took part in the trial.
Nice offenders face sentences ranging from five years to life in prison. The trial will be in the same room as the trial of the radicals from the Bataclan. Of course, it will also be broadcast in Nice. The makeup is scheduled until mid-December.
The attack happened just before 11 p.m., when crowds of people were on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais preparing for a fireworks display to mark the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.
A 31-year-old Frenchman of Tunisian origin, Mohamed Bouhlel, drove a truck onto the promenade at that moment and started hitting people. He managed to drive the truck about two kilometers and kill dozens of people, before the police shot him after a few minutes.
“I held a woman’s hand before she died. That was hard. Next to me was a father who was cleaning the body of his dead daughter after she died,” described the president of the association of victims of Nice Jean-Claude Hubner, who was also on the Promenade de Anglais.
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Even six years after the assassinations, the question is whether the French police made a mistake, whether they neglected security measures less than a year after the attacks in Paris. The investigation shows that the police were preparing for a similar type of attack, foot commandos or terrorists, similar to the one in Paris. Among the victims were 33 foreigners from 10 countries. That is also why the entire process is interpreted and will subsequently be broadcast abroad.
At the time, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the assassination, but according to the investigators, there is no indication that Mohamed Bouhlel was connected to the terrorist cell of the Islamic State. While the investigation revealed that he had sympathies with the Islamic State and watched jihadist videos, the connection was through violence, not ideology, as investigators explain.
People who knew Bouhlel described him as an extremely sadistic, perverted and violent person who beat his wife.
Lukáš Matoška, Martin Balucha
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