Test required for 9 suspects in France in 2016 truck attack


PARIS – France in the fight against terrorism, the prosecutors made a formal request Tuesday to the nine suspects for trial in connection with the 2016 Bastille Day truck attack in Nice which left 86 dead.

In a statement following the end of a criminal investigation, based in Paris, prosecutors ‘ office not to disclose the identity of the suspects.

Four suspects have been charged with conspiracy for their alleged links with the attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who has plowed a 19-ton truck down the Promenade des Anglais and in a crowd gathered for the July 14 fireworks.

Five other suspects have been charged with other criminal charges, including supplying weapons to the aggressor. The office of the prosecutor stated that they were not aware of what Bouhlel intended to do with them.

One of these five suspects, still at large and is being sought under a criminal arrest warrant.

The trial, which will take place at a special court for terrorism cases in Paris, is not expected before the end of next year.

The group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the July 14, 2016 attack. French authorities said Bouhlel, a Tunisian with French-in-residence, has been inspired by the extremist group’s propaganda, but they say no evidence has been found that IS orchestrated the attack.

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