(ANSA) – PARIS, MARCH 30 – Salah Abdeslam, main defendant in the maxi-trial for the jihadist massacres in Paris in 2015 and the only survivor of the commandos that killed 130 people, has chosen to resort to the “right not to answer” on the occasion, today, of the interrogation in the courtroom on his movements on the evening of that 13 November.
“Mr. President, gentlemen of the court – said Abdeslam at the opening of the hearing – today I wish to use my right not to answer”. The president of the court, Jean-Louis Périès, replied: “well, I will ask questions and I will not have answers, right?”. “Exactly,” the accused calmly replied. “For what reason? – The magistrate pressed him – she was provocative at times, but she also found words of understanding for the victims”. “There are many reasons not to speak – replied Abdeslam – one of these is that I am defined as a provocateur, which is why I no longer want to express myself. It is my right, I must not justify myself”. “I made some efforts – he added – I kept silent for 6 years. Then I changed my mind, I expressed myself respectfully towards the victims. Today, I don’t want to do it anymore. I can’t take it anymore”. (HANDLE).