At the trial of the November 13 attacks, some civil parties called to testify fear giving their names to the bar

They will advance to the bar from Tuesday, September 28. The civil parties will testify for more than a month at the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015. And some of them fear disclosing their identity before the special assize court in Paris, as their lawyers indicated on Friday. . According to their advice, these people, survivors or direct witnesses of the attacks, have “fear” to give their names in front of the accused and fear that their victim status will be known to all after their testimony.

“They are going to be filmed in four by three – the trial is recorded and broadcast in several courtrooms. I know that justice is not there to repair the victims, but we cannot make so much effort for them elsewhere and on such an essential subject say that it is too complicated “, notes Dorothée Bisaccia-Bernstein, who represents several civil parties. When we are victims of November 13, we have a label in life. And some do not necessarily want to be recognized by their employer, given the over-media coverage of this trial.

The lawyer points to the fact that the commissioner of the night BAC, who delivered before the court, Wednesday, the story of his heroic intervention at the Bataclan, was able to do so anonymously, while he himself left civil. “He was clearly identified since he was the commissioner of the BAC75, opposes President Jean-Louis Périès. For the hundreds of civil parties who were at the Bataclan, it will be complicated. How are we going to know who is speaking? What about the Internet radio people? “

“For my client, this is a much bigger topic than having a shrink in a chasuble in the courtroom.”

Dorothée Bisaccia-Bernstein

civil party lawyer

Joined by colleagues, the lawyer suggests that the civil parties who so wish disclose their identity to the clerks, so that it is verified and recorded in the minutes of the hearing, but that they do not communicate their surname. into the microphone before testifying, as permitted by the Code of Criminal Procedure. A proposal to which the public prosecutor subscribes. “We understand the considerations of the civil parties, it is all the peculiarity of this trial, in the standard but particular”, observes the general counsel Camille Hennetier.

Since the start of the debates, the hearing has moved forward on this crest line, between judicial standard and extraordinary trial. “We are attached to a certain number of principles, that still creates a precedent and still opens a breach in the contradictory, regrets for the defense Léa Dordilly, who represents the accused Adel haddadi. A civil party who is constituted in the case is not obliged to speak before the court. If she does, she gives her identity. ”

The last word goes to the president: “I’m going to think about it all calmly this weekend. I haven’t made up my mind yet, I’ve heard you all. With the clarification that it would concern about ten people.”, says Jean-Louis Périès.

Outside the courtroom, lawyer Aurélie Soria, whose clients are among the first to testify next week, hopes that the president’s decision will be favorable. “It’s really a problem that is also linked to their post-traumatic stress, she explains. You have to understand that their inability to disclose their identity, it is linked to this stress, it is not optional. “

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