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Surviving Paris attacker complains defendants ‘treated like dogs’

The last surviving member of the jihadist cell that massacred 130 people in Paris in November 2015 complains at the start of his trial that he and his fellow accused are being “treated like dogs.”

In a rant from the dock, four hours after the proceedings got underway, Salah Abdeslam shouts that he has “never complained because after death we will be resurrected.”

Twenty people are on trial over the coordinated attacks on eight venues across Paris by a team of gunmen and suicide bombers acting on behalf of the Islamic State group. The attacks were the worst in France’s post-war history.

This court-sketch made on September 8, 2021 shows Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving member of the jihadist cell of the November 2015 Paris attacks, during the first day of the trial of the November 2015 Paris and Saint-Denis attacks taking place in a temporary courtroom set up at the Paris’ Palais de Justice historic courthouse on September 8, 2021 (Benoit PEYRUCQ / AFP)

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