Six years after the tragedy, the date of the trial of the accused in the case of the terrorist attack in Nice became known

As of Monday, 8 defendants will appear before the Special Criminal Court in Paris in a new trial for the July 14, 2016 attack in Nice, which is expected to last more than 3 months.

The attack, which took place on the famous Promenade des Anglais on the Mediterranean coast on the eve of France’s National Day, killed 86 people, including 15 children and boys, and injured more than 450 others. This was the second deadliest terrorist attack in France after the November 13, 2015 attacks.

With symbolic significance, court hearings are held in a hall created “specially” for the trial of the November 13 attacks, in the historic Palais de Justice in the French capital.

By the end of August, 865 people had entered the status of civil prosecutors, and others could join them during the hearings. The proceedings will be broadcast live from the Acropolis Congress Center in Nice so that prosecutors who cannot move to Paris can follow them.

The trial is taking place in the absence of the assailant, 31-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Lahuaiej Bouhlel, who was killed on the spot by police after he opened fire on security forces.

On July 14, 2016, France’s National Day, Laoiège Buell, in a 19-ton truck, wowed the crowd that had gathered to watch the fireworks on the famous promenade in Nice.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which came 18 months after the fatal attack on French comic book Charlie Hebdo and eight months after the November 13 attacks.

However, the investigation was unable to establish a direct connection between the perpetrator and the organization and concluded that the adoption was “purely opportunistic.”

Source: AFP.

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