Me Maryse Alié, is representing the five policemen who are claiming damages in the trial of Salah Abdeslam. This is in respect of the shooting which took place in Rue du Dries in Forest. They consider that it is normal, “in a state governed by the rule of law to be defended by a lawyer.” They further believe that “the latter should benefit from adjournments to analyse the file.” The lawyer indicated, “My clients have no problem with the report (due on February 5th, 2018), but they are anticipating the appropriate responses.” She spoke of all of this upon coming out of the hearing on Monday morning.
She said, “We live in a state governed by the rule of law. Mr Abdeslam has the right to be defended by a lawyer, and he naturally has the right to analyse this fairly voluminous case.” It extends to around a dozen bankers boxes including all of the files. Me Alié stressed all of this, after the accused’s Defence team obtained a trial report date of February 5th.
The lawyer refused to indicate whether her clients would be present during the hearing. As alluded to earlier, “They have no problem with the report. They are awaiting the responses. We are hoping that now Mr Abdeslam is being assisted and represented by a lawyer, this will not lead to him being present at all hearings.” She added, “We hope that if he does wish to come, he will speak.”
Salah Abdeslam’s lawyer, Me Sven Mary, did not comment to the numerous journalists present when the parties left the hearing. Abdeslam, the last suspect alive from the November 2015 Paris attacks, will appear before the Brussels Criminal Court from February 5th onwards. he will be accompanied by his accomplice to the crime, Sofien Ayari, who was also present at the shooting.