Tunis (AFP) – A Tunisian justice was holding final hearings Friday in two trials over jihadist attacks in 2015 on a museum and a traveller review that left dozens dead, lawyers told AFP.
Twenty-one defendants, including two women, seemed in the Tunis courtroom for a sealed conference on the Mar 18, 2015 sharpened at the Bardo museum in Tunis, which killed 21 unfamiliar tourists and a Tunisian confidence guard.
“Only 3 defendants still have to give their pleas, and the outcome will be announced this evening,” counsel Monia Bousalmi told AFP.
Victims’ family members in France and Belgium watched the conference around a live video feed.
Bousalmi pronounced a outcome was also approaching Friday dusk on 44 suspects in a apart hearing on the Jun 26, 2015 sharpened uproar in the Sousse traveller resort, which killed 38 people, most of them British tourists.
The justice has listened that the two attacks, both claimed by the Islamic State group, were closely linked.
Several defendants forked to the refugee Chamseddine Sandi as designer of both.
According to Tunisian media, Sandi was killed in a US atmosphere strike in beside Libya in Feb 2016, nonetheless there has been no confirmation.
Defendants in the two trials could be condemned to genocide if found guilty, nonetheless Tunisia has had a solidify on collateral punishment since 1991.
Four French nationals, 4 Italians, 3 Japanese and two Spaniards were among those killed in the Bardo attack, before the two gunmen themselves, armed with Kalashnikov conflict rifles, were shot dead.
One think questioned in court, Tunis jack-of-all-trades Mahmoud Kechouri, pronounced he had helped devise the attack, including scheming mobile phones for Sandi, a neighbour and longtime friend.
Other defendants indicted of assisting ready the conflict pronounced they had only discussed ideas with friends. Several purported they were tortured in detention.
Since a 2011 overthrow that defeated tyrant Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, jihadist attacks in Tunisia have killed dozens of members of the confidence forces.
The Bardo and Sousse attacks dealt a complicated blow to the critical tourism zone in Tunisia, already pang high unemployment.