Paris su­per­mar­ket trial opens

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY SHIRLI SITBON PARIS

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.

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