A new book has revealed how a French court awarded $560 in compensation to, Salah Abdeslam, a member of ISIS convicted of aiding the group who carried out a terror attack in Paris that killed 130 people, Newsweek reported.
Abdeslam was convicted in April 2016 of providing logistical assistance to terrorists who coordinated a series of attacks in Paris in November of 2015. The targets included an assault on the Bataclan theater, where 90 individuals died.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which led to a three-month state of emergency in France and sparked a massive manhunt for Abdeslam, who was eventually sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Jean-Jaques Urvois, the French justice minister at the time, mandated 24 hour CCTV surveillance on Abdeslam, who was being held in Fleury-Mérogis prison.
According to “The Journal of Frank Berton,” a new book written by journalist Elsa Vigoroux about Frank Berton, Abdeslam’s lawyer, Urvois’ decision would lead to a surprising ruling in court. An excerpt of the book published by French publication Le Figaro revealed how Berton challenged Urvois’ order, arguing that it violated his client’s right to privacy under the French constitution.
In March 2017, a French court agreed with Berton and awarded Abdeslam 500 euros in compensation. That decision was eventually vacated by the administrative court in Versailles, the book revealed.
The public outcry against Salah Abdeslam
According to “The Journal of Frank Berton,” Abdeslam would have refused the award. But many in the French public and political space were nevertheless incensed at the court’s ruling following Le Figaro’s publication of the book excerpt.
N. Dupont-Aignan, leader of France’s Debout de la France political party, called the decision “shameful.” Meanwhile, Jean Messiha, a member of the Marine Le Pen-fronted National Party, tweeted that France is “run by a system that has become totally crazy, justifying by the rule of law the worst ignominies against the law and against the state.”
On ne le répétera jamais assez : nous sommes dirigés par un système devenu totalement taré, justifiant par l’Etat de droit les pires ignominies contre le Droit et contre l’Etat.
Nous combattrons cette déchéance nationale jusqu’au dernier souffle !https://t.co/VOCWkXyM7R
— Jean MESSIHA (@JeanMessiha) July 8, 2019
“We will fight this national decay until the last breath!” Messiha added.
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