Cartoons are reprinted as Charlie Hebdo trial begins
CHARLIE Hebdo has reprinted the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that led gunmen to attack its Paris office.
The January 2015 massacre at the satirical newspaper – and at a supermarket – touched off a wave of killings across Europe by jihadis. Seventeen people died – 12 of them at the Hebdo editorial offices.
Thirteen men and a woman accused of providing the attackers with weapons and logistics will go on trial in France today.
In an editorial accompanying the caricatures, Hebdo said the drawings ‘belong to history, and history cannot be rewritten nor erased’.
Laurent Sourisseau, one of the few to have survived the attack, said: ‘We will never lie down. We will never give up.’
Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi cried out ‘We have avenged the Prophet’ after their savage assault on the Hebdo headquarters.
Two days later Amedy Coulibaly stormed a kosher supermarket in Paris killing four hostages while claiming allegiance to Islamic State.
All three attackers died in near-simultaneous police raids. Coulibaly also killed a young policewoman.