Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
We have absolutely no idea why bringing these people to trial has taken FIVE and a HALF YEARS. As our recap below shows, the key players were all ‘dealt with’ in the first few days. The minor players currently being brought to trial are listed below in a Sputnik report.
We remind readers that the (in)famous Charlie Hebdo magazine, whose offices were shot up leaving a dozen famous reporters dead before lunch on January 7, 2015, had a reputation for publishing mocking cartoons of religions of all shades, especially Islam.
Here’s a recap of the several days of events back in early January, 2015, events which have raised reasonable suspicions:
- Wednesday, January 7 @ 11:30am: Two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi (pictured), dressed in black with AK47 rifles in hand, heads hidden by cagoules, allegedly drove a car to the offices of the controversial satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the middle of Paris, gained entry and went upstairs to where the weekly Wednesday morning staff meeting was taking place (inside knowledge?), shooting many people, and killing 12 including some well-known reporters. (Their identities could not be confirmed visually from videos and pictures that circulated. This writer saw a video posted around 7pm that day on Youtube where one assailant shot the policeman, Ahmed Mehrabet (pictured below, far right), on the pavement outside, ostensibly with an AK47 in his hand. Yet the policeman’s head was penetrated with a single bullet only from which a single stream of blood immediately poured out, the head intact. This video was then censored to look blurry, but it was clear that the AK47 could not have been the weapon used to kill the policeman since it would have blown off his head and chest and destroyed the pavement in one go. (See this). Many commentators at the time, such as Paul Craig Roberts, viewed video footage of the two men in their black car as they loitered around it in the middle of the street (pictured), observing how cool and professional they acted the whole time.) After the shooting, the two men fled across Paris to escape, likely changing vehicles.
One detail from that day, which has since been overlooked, is that the media picked up the story of how THREE men were involved. If memory serves, their identities were known because … passports were left in the vehicle that they later abandoned. However, the third suspect was a high school student aged 18, Mourad Hamyd, who was IN SCHOOL that day. His schoolfriends notified him, and he turned himself into police at the end of the afternoon. How on earth could you insert a person into the story who wasn’t there?
- Wednesday evening / early Thursday morning: Police commissioner Helric Fredou (pictured) was found dead at his desk in the police station in Limoges, apparently having shot himself with his service weapon. Limoges, a city far south and west of Paris, was where the Kouachi brothers grew up. Apparently, Fredou was involved in conducting enquiries in the region during Wednesday afternoon, and then by early Thursday morning he was found dead at his desk by colleagues. An official story was circulated later that he was depressed, but his mother and family doctor would vigorously deny that. His mother was refused access to the autopsy report. This event was not reported by the MSM at the time and only found its way into limited French MSM outlets. Why would a policeman of rank, involved in a very important case to the entire country, kill himself in the wee hours? (See this account with sources.)
- Thursday morning, January 8: A policewoman on traffic duty was shot dead in the south of Paris. The identity of her assailant was not known at this time but it turned out to be Amedy Coulibaly allegedly, the man who would hold up the kosher Hyper Cacher supermarket the following day. (By the morning of January 8, social media was circulating a “Je Suis Charlie” meme. Commentators have noted how the event of the day before had already received its ‘brand’ identity.)
- Friday, January 9: the afternoon & evening, during several hours, would see two major events unfold: the taking of the Hyper Cacher supermarket on the edge of Paris with hostages and deaths, perpetrated by Amedy Coulibaly (pictured below), and a standoff and shootout at a factory in a small place outside of Paris called Dammartin, which would result in the deaths of the Kouachi brothers. (Panamza site informs us that the Hyper Cacher shop was sold just the day before, a fact reported not in France but by the New York Post – see this story for picking up the ‘France is an anti-semitic country’ theme.) Meanwhile, however, a curious thing happened on French MSM in the morning, which we witnessed ourselves. An announcement had already been made that a rally in support of the Charlie Hebdo reporters would be held in Paris on Saturday afternoon – nothing remarkable about that in France. But reporters were visibly given a change of story around 10:30am on continuous news as they paused to correct their announcement. The rally would be held on Sunday afternoon instead. It wasn’t said at that moment, but the event would turn out to be Hollande, Merkel, Netanyahu and representatives from up to 40 governments coming into Paris for this massive photop-event (see below). As hard as it is to get leaders together for G8 or G20 meetings, suddenly calendars of a host of top leaders and diplomats were cleared within 2 days. Problem was, the supermarket hostage situation wouldn’t take place until that afternoon, and the Kouachi brothers were still on the loose. Miraculously, however, by 7pm or 8pm that day, everything would be resolved involving these two separate situations, with all 3 alleged perpetrators shot dead in close succession by police. The pre-emptive nature of this ‘celebration’ by world leaders is simply too curious to believe it could be anything but orchestrated overall.
- Sunday, January 11: Sunday afternoon saw Netanyahu gladhanding Jews in a Paris synagogue, announcing with delight that they would be very welcome in Israel. The cathartic event of ‘the whole world’ seemingly out on the street to celebrate the terrible shooting on Wednesday came and went. By Monday morning, the whole drama had been wrapped up, as if one had witnessed a stage play of several acts in just a matter of FIVE days. These events would be known as France’s 9/11 and would, of course, see the institution of laws that would limit the freedoms of the French, just as 9/11 did for Americans. And more curious terrorist shootings would later follow, not least the Bataclan theatre / cafe shootings, around which other questions concerning the narrative would rightly be raised.
Organized before events had played themselves out satisfactorily …
French Trial Begins 5 Years After Charlie Hebdo Attacks
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A trial of suspects linked to the January 2015 attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in the Paris area will finally get underway in France on Wednesday.
The court will look into what role the 14 defendants may have played in organizing the three-day killing spree that left 17 people dead and dozen others injured in Paris and the Saint-Denis suburb.
The trial is expected to last for two months, during which testimonies of victims and their loved ones will be heard and the suspects questioned.
France’s anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard has told France Info that his office still does not “know the truth about many things,” more than five years after the tragedy.
The attackers — the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly — were killed within minutes of each other following a nationwide manhunt.
The suspects who will go on trial are believed to have provided the trio of self-proclaimed fighters of the Daesh* terror group with weapons, money and other support.
Three of the defendants are presumed dead and will be tried in absentia. They are Coulibaly’s partner Hayat Boumeddiene and the Belhoucine brothers, who are believed to have fled to Daesh-controlled territories before the attacks.
Charlie Hebdo has a place reserved at the trial, according to a Justice Ministry video of the preparations for the landmark legal process. The magazine said on Twitter it will reprint the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, which sparked off the bloodshed.
Charlie Hebdo Attack Trial Opens at Court in Paris – Video
Charlie Hebdo Attack: Who Are The Fourteen Alleged Accomplices On Trial In Paris?
In January 2015 two French Muslim brothers barged into the head office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire, killing 11 people including the editor, Stéphane Charbonnier. The terrorists – who also killed a police officer – were later gunned down along with an associate who carried out a murderous attack at a Jewish supermarket.
Fourteen people have gone on trial in Paris accused of assisting Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, the two jihadist gunmen who stormed Charlie Hebdo’s offices in the Rue Nicolas-Appert on 7 January 2015.
The Kouachi brothers were eventually killed by anti-terrorist forces after a manhunt.
A few days a former prison buddy of the brothers, Amedy Coulibaly, killed a police officer and then three customers and an employee during a siege at a kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes district. Coulibaly was later shot by police.
Because of its historical importance the trial in Paris – which is due to last until 10 November – is being videotaped for the national archives. So who are the 14 on trial?
Ali Riza Polat
Prosecutors say Ali Riza Polat, 35, was the link man between the Charlie Hebdo attack and the Jewish supermarket siege.
Polat, who is of Kurdish origin, allegedly bought the weapons which were used by Coulibaly and the Kouachis and later tried to flee to Daesh-controlled Syria via Dubai and Lebanon.
BFMTV says Polat was convicted of selling drugs in the southern Paris suburb of Grigny in 2007 and became a convert to radical Islam while in prison around May 2014.
A close friend of Coulibaly, he faces life in prison if convicted.
Mickaël Pastor Alwatik
Mickaël Pastor Alwatik, from the Paris suburb of Epinay-sur-Seine, has been tied by the prosecution to two guns and a glove used by Coulibaly.
His DNA was found on a Tokarev semi-automatic pistol and a revolver found at Coulibaly’s home and a glove the gunman used at the Hyper Cacher scene.
Alwatik is believed to have met Coulibaly while they were at Villepinte remand centre, in north Paris. He has reportedly told police Coulibaly showed him Daesh videos from Iraq and Syria but denies being a jihadist himself.
Mohamed Fares, 31, has reportedly admitted to police he was a middleman who arranged for the sale of a Tokarev T33 assault rifle used by Coulibaly but has denied knowing what he planned to do with the gun.
Fares, from Lille, was only arrested in March 2018 after an investigating magistrate received an anonymous tip-off by email.
Amir Ramdani also met Coulibaly at Villepinte remand prison and there is evidence they met frequently between October 2014 and the attacks in January 2015.
Ramdani met Coulibaly on 6 January, only hours before the attack, but has told police he owed him 200 euros.
Samir Makhlouf – sometimes referred to as Saïd – was also a friend of Coulibaly’s and his DNA was found on a Taser which the terrorist had on him during the supermarket siege. Makhlouf says he cannot explain why his DNA was on the Taser.
Willy Prevost, 34, had been a friend of Coulibaly since childhood and lent him the motorcycle he used in the assassination of Paris police officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe.
Prevost and Coulibaly both grew up in the Grigny neighbourhood and met up again after the latter was released from prison in 2014.
Coulibaly had prevailed on Prevost to buy a Renault Scénic van, the vehicle he used to travel to the Hyper Cacher supermarket.
Christophe Raumel, 30, only knew Coulibaly through their mutual friend, Prevost.
The pair bought bulletproof vests, a knife and a Taser together and handed them over to Coulibaly but Raumel has said he thought he was planning to use them in a heist, not a terrorist attack. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
The owner of a garage in Belgium, Metin Karasular is accused of supplying “assault rifles, rocket launchers, ammunition and bulletproof vests” to Coulibaly and the Kouatchis.
Karasular claims to have links to the Kurdish nationalist PKK group and insists he had no sympathy with jihadists.
Michel Catio, a 60-year-old unemployed Italian national, is accused of assisting Karasular to supply the weapons.
A garage owner in Charleville-Mézières, north-eastern France, is also accused of being involved in the supply chain. Martinez reportedly converted to Islam 20 years ago.
Abdelaziz Abbad, who has been separately convicted of an unrelated murder, is accused of assisting Martinez.
Coulibaly’s partner, Hayat Boumeddiene, is being tried in absentia.
Boumeddiene, now 32, married Coulibaly in an Islamic ceremony in 2008.
She participated in a number of vehicle scams which helped to finance the 2015 attacks.
Boumeddiene reportedly fled to Syria, via Madrid and Istanbul, in the wake of the attacks.
She appeared in the Daesh propaganda magazine Dar-Al-Islam, saying: “Muslims are not humiliated here.”
Reports last year suggested she had been killed in a US air strike but she was later seen at a camp where former Daesh members were being held.
She later fled the al-Hol camp and remains the subject of an international arrest warrant. She faces 20 years in prison if convicted.
The Belhoucine brothers
Mohamed Belhoucine and his brother Mehdi are also being tried in absentia.
The brothers are believed to have been killed while fighting with Daesh in Syria or Iraq. Mohamed Belhoucine provided email addresses which were used by some of the other defendants.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia
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