Prosecutor seeks 10-year sentence for brother of Paris attacker | Reuters

PARIS A French prosecutor on Monday demanded the maximum 10-year jail sentence for the brother of one of the Paris attackers, who is accused of travelling to Syria to train as a militant fighter.

Karim and Foued Mohamed-Aggad were among a group that travelled to Syria in December 2013. Karim came back to France in early 2014; his brother returned later, then joined the three-man team that killed 90 people at the Bataclan concert hall during the coordinated attacks in Paris in November.

Two of the three Bataclan attackers, one of them Foued, killed themselves by exploding their suicide vests. The third was shot dead by police.

Now Karim and six others, aged from 24 to 27, are standing trial in Paris on charges of taking part in an Islamist recruitment network and receiving training from Islamic State. Four face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. The prosecutor called for eight-year sentences for the other three.

"These are heavy sentences that are called for, I am aware of that," prosecutor Nicolas Le Bris told the court, calling the facts before the court extremely grave. "We have people here, and this comes from wiretaps, who were on the front line."

Earlier in the trial, Karim Mohamed-Aggad urged a fair hearing. "You choose your friends, not your family," he said.

Some of defendants told investigators they had believed they were going to Syria on a humanitarian mission. Others said they left to fight Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces but not to become Islamist militants.

But Le Bris dismissed the explanation.

Citing evidence gathered from wiretaps and from "jihad" documents found in the computers and mobile phones of the suspects, Le Bris said each of the seven was determined to join a jihadi group and once in Syria "fitted in perfectly."

(Reporting by Chine Labbe, writing by Richard Lough, editing by Larry King)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date: Jun 07, 2016 00:31 AM

Also Watch

Watch: Firstpost test rides the new Thunderbird 500X in Goa and walks you through the Royal Enfield Garage Cafe
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Varun Dhawan on Shoojit Sircar's October, 5-star reviews and working with Anushka Sharma in Sui Dhaaga
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 Ambedkar Jayanti: Re-visiting Babasaheb's ideals exposes fake Dalit politics of Rahul Gandhi and Congress
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See