Trial in France: the unbearable images of Charlie Hebdo

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In a new session, videos and photos of the newsroom were shown after the massacre.

The court trying the terrorists who massacred the editorial staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris focused on the development of the attack by Saïd and Chérif Kouachi on Monday. The commissioner in charge of the investigation detailed the journey of the two brothers, using videos and photos that allow to visualize in three dimensions the exact newsroom after the slaughter.

The investigator started with a warning: the bodies of the victims its visible in the pictures.

“Some of these scenes can hurt the sensibilities of some people,” also warned the president of the court, Régis de Jorna.

Some members of the civil party preferred to leave the room, others huddled. A lead silence reigned in the room. The panorama projected on a big screen plunged the audience into the heart of the Charlie Hebdo writing and into horror.

From the entrance hall, a pool of blood could be seen under a chair, the webmaster’s Simon Fieschi, who was seriously injured.

Blood, again, in the newsroom, where most of the victims lie, the bodies intermingle.

A little further, Charb: the director of the publication was the victim of a particular cruelty. Was reached by seven bullets, including three to the head, says the commissioner, who details the events and injuries of the victims, almost in a low voice.

Then the video of the surveillance camera of the arrival of the terrorists is shown: calm, determined. After having attacked Simon Fieschi, Chérif Kouachi disappears. Said stands guard. One minute and 49 seconds is a short and interminable time, during which only the thick smoke reveals the killing in progress.

Then Chérif Kouachi reappears, his fist raised. That video was silent. Not so the next. This time, the rattle of Kalashnikov shots is heard. The room is startled, then the policeman’s words ring out Ahmed Merabet, who, wounded, pleads for his life before being executed.

The photographs, taken by the police officers when they arrived at the offices of the weekly, are hard to bear.

When the screen is turned off, a kind of breathing can be heard, as if the room, in apnea, is breathing collectively again.

On the dock, behind glass, some of the defendants look at the screen, others at the ground.

Most of the cartoonists killed by the jihadists show “shooting trajectories from back to front suggesting executions,” says the policeman in a calm voice.

He also gave some interesting insights into the investigation, “a colossal investigation of 20,000 pages,” he said. In particular, the DNA found on Kouachi’s car license plate, then on a pistol and a carabiner.

“In total, they found 33 bushings bullets at the scene of the crime, 21 of which came from Chérif Kouachi’s weapon, “said the counterterrorism officer, before detailing the number of bullets each victim received and their exact location.

To this day, it is not known whose genetic fingerprint it is. “At that time, there were many signed as S (individuals watched for representing a security hazard), of people who were going to Syria; if they were not already common criminals, we did not necessarily have their genetic fingerprints, “the researcher explained, before citing as an example the case of Medhi Belhoucine, who is accused of having fled in this case.


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