Nov. 16 (UPI) — The trial of an accused terrorist — whose assault aboard high-speed practice in France 5 years in the past was foiled by passengers, and later dramatized in a Hollywood film — started Monday at a particular court docket in Paris.
The accused, Ayoub El-Khazzani, acknowledged the costs in opposition to him initially of the trial proceedings.
Prosecutors say El-Khazzani boarded the practice from Amsterdam to Paris practice on Aug. 21, 2015, armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and practically 300 rounds of ammunition. He started taking pictures however was overpowered by passengers, together with American troopers on trip.
Three folks had been wounded within the assault however nobody died.
French anti-terror police say El-Khazzani acquired directions from Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, with whom he’d labored in Syria as a part of the Islamic State terrorist group.
Abaaoud was suspected of plotting a number of terror assaults in Belgium and France, together with the November 2015 Paris assaults that killed 130 folks. He was killed three days later in Saint-Denis, France.
El-Khazzani is being tried in Paris with three suspected accomplices.
At trial, there shall be testimony from three People and a British man who police stated interrupted the assault.
The People are Anthony Sadler, who was then a 23-year-old California scholar, and Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos, who had been members of the U.S. armed forces. They, together with Briton Chris Norman, had been later awarded France’s Legion D’Honeur — the nation’s highest civilian commendation.
The assault and the efforts by the 4 males to cease it had been dramatized within the 2018 movie The 15:17 to Paris, which was directed by Clint Eastwood. Stone, Skarlatos, Sadler and Regular all performed themselves within the movie.
A verdict within the trial is anticipated in mid-December.