France: Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket hostage crisis survivor and relatives testify in Paris court

A survivor and several relatives of the victims of the 2015 hostage crisis that occurred at a kosher supermarket in Paris testified at a Paris courthouse, on Tuesday. Witness testimony included survivor Series Sibony, Eric Cohen, father of Yohan Cohen who died in the attack and Valerie Braham, whose husband Philippe Braham was also killed. «It was devastating, not only with its emotion but also in its truth. And even when it is difficult to say some things she said, especially in relation to the families of the victims, it's very symbolic in the end that she fell into Yohan Cohen's father's arms because it's hard to listen to what she says, but it's the truth,» said Sibony's lawyer Elie Korchia of his client's testimony. Cohen's lawyer Gregory Siksik said his client «addressed the accused with great dignity by thanking the French justice for having been able to ensure that other people were sent to the criminal court because, obviously, Coulibaly is not present and that represents a pain for the victims not to see the main perpetrator appear, judged and condemned. A total of 14 alleged accomplices are standing trial for both the Charlie Hebdo attacks of January 7, 2015, which killed 12 people, and the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket hostage crisis two days later, in which four people died. In both cases, the main perpetrators were killed in shootouts with the police, though the defendants have been charged with helping the attackers. During the attack, Amedy Coulibaly, who carried out the Hyper Cacher hostage crisis, told French media that he targeted Jews to defend Palestinians and Muslims in general. He was also recorded on an open phone line telling hostages his actions were revenge against the Syrian government and the Western coalition present in Mali, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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