The Daily Telegraph

Appeal trial starts over Charlie Hebdo attack


The men who supplied weapons for the deadly Charlie Hebdo attack today begin their appeal trial, claiming they have been punished for a “role they never played”.

Twelve people were killed at the magazine’s Paris office by brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, who said they were acting on behalf of al-qaeda to avenge the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The first trial was held in 2020 with 14 defendants accused of helping the gunmen prepare and organise the 2015 attacks in the French capital.

Only two, those given the heaviest sentences, have appealed. The appeal court will have six weeks to weigh up the degree of responsibi­lity of the pair.

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