Trial for 2015 Paris attacks begins

A trial over the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks has opened.

Islamic State militants killed 130 people when they stormed a concert hall, restaurants and other facilities in and around the French capital on November 13, 2015.

Most of the attackers died in suicide bombings and shootouts with police. But Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to be the only survivor, was arrested and charged with terrorism. Nineteen others are also accused of involvement in the attacks, such as making explosives and procuring weapons.

Abdeslam, wearing a black polo shirt and a black face mask, appeared in a specially built, secure courtroom in Paris on Wednesday. When the chief judge asked him his occupation, the 31-year-old Abdeslam said he abandoned all professions to become an Islamic State soldier.
Under the French judicial system, bereaved families of those killed and other victims are allowed to take part in trials as plaintiffs seeking compensation. About 1,800 people hope to participate in the trial. On the first day, procedures were carried out to confirm whether they meet the requirements.

The trial is expected to continue until May next year. Attention is focused on to what extent the full picture of the attacks will be revealed.