Paris supermarket trial opens
THE TRIAL of 20 men suspected of attacking a kosher supermarket outside Paris in September 2012 is expected to last two months.
Two masked men threw a grenade into the Naouri grocery store in Sarcelles, north of the capital. The explosion was partially contained because the grenade exploded under a trolley, wounding one person.
A fingerprint on the grenade lever led investigators to petty criminal Jeremie Louis-Sidney who had converted to radical Islamism and is believed to have been the leader of the group.
Police found a cache weapons as they arrested suspects a fortnight after the incident in raids during which LouisSidney was killed.
Around 80 witnesses will help determine whether the group was a network organised around him or merely “a group of old acquaintances” as described by one defence lawyer.
The trial is seen as symbolic, as the group is suspected of being the first organised terror network planning mass attacks in France.