Salah Abdeslam, 26, said he wanted to take a few days’ vacation during a traffic stop on September 9, 2015. On November 13 of the same year, he was part of a group that stormed the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The Austrian police let him drive on!
There he carried out a bestial terrorist attack that has burned itself into the minds of the European public. 130 people were killed and 350 injured in the concert hall and at the Stade de France football stadium and in front of cafes and restaurants in the city centre.
In the process of the brutal attacks of November 2015, the singer of the rock band described the night of the crime in an emotional statement. The evening changed his life “forever,” said Jesse Hughes in court in the French capital.
With a moved voice, Hughes said that he heard gunshots at the time. He knew “the sound of guns” from his childhood and “knew what was coming”. He said: “I heard death approach me.” The professing Christian shows compassion for the Islamist assassins: “I forgive them and hope that they will find God’s peace themselves.”
The trial of the Paris attacks is the largest criminal case in French history. In it, 20 defendants have to answer, including several suspected helpers of the assassins. The verdict is expected in June.
The main accused is the only living member of the jihadist commandos, the Frenchman Salah Abdeslam (32) – the terrorist who came from Austria and looked the band leader Jesse Hughes in the eye on November 13, 2015…