Charlie Hebdo Attack: French prosecutors announce possible ‘heavy’ sentences

“Remember those names,” wrote activist Chloe Tsila on Twitter Tuesday after French prosecutors announced what she called “the closest thing to justice” being served.

What Tsila, a U.K. national who’s studying France, was referring to were the victims of the January 2015 attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine, on a policewoman, and on a kosher supermarket.

The series of terror attacks in Paris is known as the “Three Days of Terror.” There were 17 innocent lives taken over that 3-day-period by radical Islamist terrorists.

The terrorists’ initial motive to attack the magazine headquarters was based on its caricatures of Muhammad. However, their radical jihad pursuit didn’t stop there and targeted both Jews and law enforcement.

According to the French media, prosecutors announced possible “heavy penalties” and lengthy sentences for the 14 suspects accused, 3 of which will be tried in absentia in a packed courtroom on Tuesday.

In a powerful statement before the court on Monday, a leading French anti-terrorism prosecutor said that there’s no question “of making the living pay for the faults of the dead but of punishing the living for their faults which allowed the dead to kill in their path.”

The 3 main perpetrators of the attacks aren’t alive, however, the defendants are all implicated in supporting the two brothers, Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, in providing material and backing for the attack.

The Kouachi brothers, responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo, were shot and killed by police a day after the attack after a tense police manhunt. Amedy Coulibaly, responsible for the Kosher market hostage attack, was also killed by police.

Hayat Boumeddiene, Coulibaly’s widow, is still reportedly a fugitive and is suspected of having supported Coulibaly during the attack. Boumeddiene could face 30 years in prison if convicted.

Just before the attack, Boumeddiene was said to have fled to Islamic-State territory in Syria. She was also seen in CCTV footage boarding a flight to Istanbul and her sisters confirmed at the trial having continued contact with their sibling, EuroNews reported.

Of the others possibly implicated, the court says sentences could range from life in prison for some to 20 years in prison for others. A final decision will be announced by the court on December 16, according to reports.

Jennie Taer

Jennie Taer