François Molins “surprised and shocked” by the forum of defense lawyers

While the trial of the November 13 attacks is over, several defense lawyers protest in a forum in Le Monde against “a political trial”. While the controversy wins over all the actors in the trial, the Attorney General of the Court of Cassation – Paris prosecutor in office at the time of the 2015 attacks – confides in “L’Obs” his indignation. Interview

Is the trial of the attacks of November 13 really over? While the verdict rendered on June 29 was not subject to an appeal making the sentences pronounced final, several lawyers for the defendants spoke, sometimes in strong terms. Is this part of the normal debate after such a trial, in your opinion?

Francois Molin. I think we have to be clear. This trial took place in conditions that elicited many positive comments for ten months. Justice can be proud of what has been accomplished. The hearings took place in a contradictory way, publicly and everyone played their role: public prosecutor, defense lawyers, lawyers for the civil party. It is this simple observation that must be remembered. Moreover, after a trial involving such a large number of defendants, it is rare that no appeal is filed. And in principle, when a decision is not challenged by appeal, it means that it is accepted.

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