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The Paris Special Assize Court on Thursday confirmed the sentence of 18 years of prison imprisonment handed down at first occasion in opposition to Mohamed Ghraieb and Chokri Chafroud. The two males had offered “logistical and ideological support” to Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, writer of the ram truck assault on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, on July 14, 2016.

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Justice persists and indicators. Sentences of 18 years of prison imprisonment, accompanied by a two-thirds safety interval, have been handed down on Thursday June 13 by the Paris Special Assize Court in opposition to the 2 accused tried on attraction on the trial of Nice assault, which left 86 useless on July 14, 2016.

The courtroom confirmed the sentences handed down at first occasion in opposition to Mohamed Ghraieb and Chokri Chafroud, prosecuted for terrorist prison affiliation, by including the safety interval.

Mohamed Ghraieb, a 48-year-old Franco-Tunisian, was additionally banned from staying within the Alpes-Maritimes for a interval of 15 years and Chokri Chafroud, 44, an undocumented Tunisian migrant, was given a ban definitively from French territory on the finish of his sentence.

The two males will probably be registered within the File of Perpetrators of Terrorist Offenses (Fijait). They have 5 days to attraction to the Court of Cassation.

“I am disappointed with the verdict, it is not enough”

The verdict triggered some disappointment on the bench of civil events, who hoped that the courtroom would comply with the prosecution's requisitions. The latter had demanded 20 years of imprisonment, the utmost offered for by legislation, in opposition to Mohamed Ghraieb and Chokri Chafroud.

“I am disappointed with the verdict, it is not enough,” reacted Didier Matrat, secretary common of the Life for Nice affiliation, who adopted the listening to from Nice.

But different civil events welcomed the sentence with aid. “We were perhaps hoping for 20 years of imprisonment but we are satisfied that it is not less than 18. We were very afraid, especially after the defense pleadings, but we are relieved,” admitted Alain Dariste, who misplaced his granddaughter within the assault.

Christophe Petiteau, the president of the particular assize courtroom, affirmed that the courtroom had the agency conviction that “the attack was conceived within the framework of a terrorist criminal association, to which Mohamed Ghraieb and Chokri Chafroud participated”.

Concerning Mohamed Ghraieb, the courtroom famous that “despite a claimed secularism”, the accused had consulted “religious texts” and posted particularly “a message approving the attacks in January 2015”.

Mohamed Ghraieb “participated in the search for the weapons and the truck” utilized by Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the supply driver shot useless by the police on the finish of his lethal race on the wheel of a 19-ton truck, the courtroom dominated.

“Give me a chance”

Christophe Petiteau claimed that Chokri Chafroud had despatched “beheading messages” and instructed in different exchanges that “vehicles are rushing into people”.

“He himself agreed that he had been able to influence Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, which the subsequent events unfortunately confirmed,” identified the Justice of the Peace.

“Give me a chance,” Mohamed Ghraieb requested Thursday morning earlier than the courtroom retired to deliberate.

“I am not a terrorist. I have nothing to do with this attack. I am not dangerous. I am against all forms of violence,” he implored.

His co-accused, whose mental talents are very weakened, in accordance with consultants, didn’t want to communicate.

Believing that the case was based mostly solely on “fantasies” and “hypotheses”, the legal professionals of the 2 accused pleaded Tuesday and Wednesday for his or her acquittal.

“If justice is blind, anti-terrorist justice is blinded by political considerations, media pressure, public opinion and the suffering of the victims,” affirmed, with no illusions in regards to the consequence of the trial, Mr.e Chloé Arnoux, considered one of Chokri Chafroud's legal professionals.

During the trial, the 2 accused repeated that that they had not seemed for a weapon for Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel – however Chokri Chafroud gave a number of variations on the topic – and that that they had not been related to the rental of the truck.

A couple of days earlier than the assault, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel had individually invited the 2 males to get into his truck with him. But it was not a query of finishing up reconnaissance with a view to the assault, the prosecution admitted.

The Nice assault was claimed by the Islamic State group, however no hyperlink may very well be recognized between the jihadist motion and Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, investigators concluded.

With AFP