Ten defendants in the case of the November 13th attacks trial, including Salah Abdullam, refused Tuesday's appearance before the Paris special assize court. The hearing was suspended by President Jean-Louis Peries as soon as it began.
The president announced to the court that ten defendants were detained, out of eleven. He did not specify the reasons for the move. Only Mohammed Amri was in the box.
Lawyers state that the ten absent defendants would stand in solidarity with Muhammad Usman from Pakistan, who has an eye problem and was absent from Monday's hearing due to this reason. According to the defense and civil parties, the defendants who stand in solidarity with Muhammad Usman think that the latter is not being treated properly.
President Peries appointed a bailiff to issue the "usual summons" to absent defendants. After these summons are issued, President Peries can either overrule the absence of the accused and continue the hearing or suspend it.
Tuesday's hearing was to be devoted solely to the consideration of the pleadings by the civil party lawyers.