Thursday, February 25

Thalys attack: the sick accused negative for Covid, the trial resumes

Redouane El Amrani Ezzerrifi, 28, suffered from a fever in court Friday afternoon and had vomited the day before.

Given the health situation, it was necessary to verify that there was no link with Covid-19, which was done“, declared the president of the special assize court at the beginning of the hearing. He specified that the three other defendants, including the Thalys shooter Ayoub El Khazzani, had also tested negative for Covid-19.

Monday should be devoted to hearings from relatives of Ayoub El Khazzani, the 31-year-old Moroccan who entered the Thalys on August 21, 2015 with a Kalashnikov. It had been overpowered by passengers, including two US servicemen on vacation.

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The president also announced that Spencer Stone, the former US military officer who disarmed Ayoub El Khazzani, should be heard by videoconference from the United States on Thursday at around 4.30 p.m. GMT.

He should have testified in the first days of the trial – which opened on November 16 – but had been hospitalized on his arrival at Parisian airport at Roissy after feeling unwell. He had finally returned to the United States without having testified in court.

The verdict is expected on December 17.



Pierre Assouline, journalist, writer, Goncourt academician and columnist for L'Express.By Pierre Assouline

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