between installation of the court and start of the debates

The trial of the double assassination of Bastia-Poretta opened this Monday in Aix. The morning was spent setting up the yard. The debates begin this afternoon.

Almost six and a half years after the events, the double assassination of Bastia-Poretta is judged from this Monday, May 6 in Aix-en-Provence by the Bouches-du-Rhône assizes. Among the 16 accused, five are appearing for “organized gang assassinations”.

If the morning of this Monday was solely devoted to setting up the court, reviewing the list of jurors and their training – without the presence of the public and the press – the debates really begin this afternoon.

Around the Monclar Palace, where the trial will be held for two months, the police presence was rather discreet this Monday morning.

The system was somewhat reinforced at the very end of the morning, which perhaps suggests the imminent arrival of the convoy carrying nine of the sixteen accused who appear in custody.

Men from the ERIS group, the prison administration intervention unit, hooded and heavily armed, took up positions around the court.

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Men from the ERIS intervention group (regional intervention and security teams), heavily armed, are positioned in front of the Aix-en-Provence courthouse, this Monday, May 6, late in the morning.

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Some defense attorneys began arriving at the courthouse shortly before noon. Ditto for the media, where around sixty journalists were accredited to attend this trial described as “extraordinary” by several observers.

After the lunch break, the hearing will begin at 2 p.m.

According to our information, the court should examine a request for severance. At this time, it is not known which lawyer made the request.

The jury draw is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Then will come the call of witnesses and the summary of the facts.

At the end of the day, from 5 p.m., the first personality interviews should take place.

According to our information, they concern Christophe Andreani and Abdel-Hafid Bekouche, both accused of “organized gang assassinations”.

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