The director of Belgian Liaison’s investigation into the November 2015 Paris attacks told the court on Tuesday that it was “the most difficult case” he had ever worked on. He also praised the extraordinary co-operation between France and Belgium in tracking down the killers.
“The incidents took place in Paris, but the grief is not respect for national boundaries,” said Isabel Pano.
The contrast was amazing.
After almost anonymous robotic performance. French police witness, SDAT 99, on Monday, Isabel Pano, a Belgian terrorism expert, unveiled the sentiments and humanity to offer a five-year police effort in Brussels to open up a complex international web of links and complexities that led to Paris murder from.
Unlike her French counterpart, who could not be identified for security reasons, Isabel Pano is required by Belgian law to testify in open court as a recognized person.
The tribunal president reminded her that she had French jurisdiction in the case, and could testify anonymously if she wanted to. Isabel Pano smiled and refused.
Thank you Mr. President, I’m used to it.
He set the tone for an exhibition that was less clinical than the French version, with more room for doubt and questioning.
The center of European jihad
The same legal area was covered, with the same rigor, from this point of view. Belgium, Where the final preparations for the Paris attacks were made.
The roles of the various members of the terrorist cells were described, as were the technical and forensic means by which the facts were established.
The name of Abdul Hamid Abboud, one of the masterminds of the Paris attacks, has been repeated.
According to Panu, “Aboud was at the center of European jihad at that time.” “He wanted to kill as many people as possible on trains, at airports.
“He had files on crچches, nuclear power plants … He intended to attack Amsterdam’s Scheffol Airport, Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris Metro.”
Five days after the Paris attacks, Abboud was killed by French security forces in Paris.
Heartfelt plea from Mullenbeck.
And then there was a short break, where the professional jurist became secondary to someone with a broader sense of justice.
“If you allow me a few moments,” said Isabel Pano, “I would like to say a few words about Mullenbeck,” on the outskirts of Brussels, where the Paris assassins came from, and Salah Abdel Salam, the only survivor. Was assassinated, finally arrested.
Emphasizing that he spoke “from personal experience”, not as an economist or lawyer or as a tour guide, Panu told the court that “one of Brussels’ 19 districts has Islamic extremism. It is nonsense to identify with … to call it the ‘center of European terrorism’.
“It’s a densely populated village community where distances are measured in meters, not kilometers.
“There are mosques, yes. It’s normal with such a large Muslim community. There are some radical preachers, yes. But the majority of the people living in Mullenbeck are peaceful citizens.”
I sweep the world of investigation. November 2015 Murder Once again underlined, as well as the difficulty of combining elements from such different sources.
Panu said Pakistani officials were helpless. Turkey sent large bundles of documents that had to be translated before their limited usefulness could be established. The United States has noticed a lot of material, which has already sunk the investigation under a lot of pressure.
Isabel Pano apologized, saying she had spoken for so long, but “the size of this investigation guarantees it.”
He may be called back to testify at some point in early 2022 after questioning.
Another unexpected break.
During a break in the hearing, I saw a woman wearing a civil witness’s green band, her mobile phone pointing to the ground, apparently filming.
Since I had already reprimanded myself for taking the picture, I warned him that he was in danger of being arrested and expelled. Her humorous eyes gleamed maliciously on her face mask.
“I’m filming my feet,” he said with a laugh. “These are just faces that are illegal.”
And he showed me his collection: shoes with all the details, not easy to describe. “Look,” he said, pointing to a pair of sandals under a legal shoe. “It should have been a monk.”
Our laughter caught the attention of a young police officer. He offered the project his feet, explaining that he and his colleagues could either choose the regulation service shoes, or buy their own. The only rule is that they must be “black, and very well polished.”
“They’re great,” my wife said as Gender returned to her post. “Defenders, lawyers, support staff. You see the same people every day. We’re already part of a community.”
We’ve been here five days. Tea Hearing to be continued.