Trial over 2015 France terrorist attacks begins, 20 men accused of involvement with jihadist rampage

A French policeman stands in front of the courtroom as Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives for his trial, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 in Paris. Sarkozy goes on trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling in a phone-tapping scandal, a first for the 65-year-old politician who has faced several other judicial investigations since leaving office in 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

File – A French policeman stands in front of a courtroom in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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UPDATED 10:35 AM PT – Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Around 1,800 witnesses and victims are preparing to testify against the 20 men suspected of orchestrating a terrorist attack in France nearly six years ago. On Wednesday, the trail began for 20 ISIS militants accused of coordinating shootings and bombings, which left 130 people dead in November of 2015.

More than 300 lawyers are expected to present evidence over the next nine-months. Unprecedented security measures are being taken to ensure the safety of those attending the specially built courtroom as they will have to pass through several checkpoints to enter.

“The terrorist threat in France is particularly high and during certain occasions such as religious festivals, or what you have just said,” stated French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin. “These trials on attacks, where there is pressure in media and politics focusing on the trial of radical Islamism, clearly the threat is even higher. This is why I gathered the prefects, I gave them clear instruction to provide security.”

The trial is expected to be filmed, however, the footage won’t be released to the public for 50 years.

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