Verdict expected in 1st trial linked to 2015 Paris attacks
Hooded police officers escort a van at the Fresnes prison, believed to contain Jawad Bendaoud in Fresnes, outside Paris, France, Wednesday Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo / Michel Euler)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:55AM EST
PARIS -- A French court is expected to hand down a verdict for a man accused of harbouring killers who carried out the 2015 Paris attacks, in the first trial related to the country's deadliest extremist violence since World War II.
Jawad Bendaoud, a 31-year-old street criminal, faces up to six years in prison if convicted of providing lodging to two of the attackers and helping them hide from police when they were the most-wanted criminals in France.
Bendaoud has denied knowing who he had rented the apartment to.
The prosecutor requested a four-year term for Bendaoud, saying he knew he was hiding criminals.
A verdict is also expected for his two co-defendants.
The Nov. 13, 2015, attacks left 130 people dead. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.