Nice attack trial: testifying to the"atrocity" and pay homage "to the life"

I will try to show who Camille was, what she had done in her short life. It will be a hymn to life“, thus provides Anne Murris, who will evoke on September 29 her only daughter, killed at the age of 27 by the ram truck of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel on July 14, 2016.

This 31-year-old Tunisian deliberately drove into the crowd gathered on the Promenade des Anglais for the National Day, killing 86 and injuring more than 450.

Since September 5, the special assize court in Paris has tried eight defendants, members of the assailant’s entourage or suspected of arms trafficking.

After summoning investigators, technical experts and trauma specialists, the court spends five weeks hearing the civil parties who so wish, 288 to date.

Some were present on the Promenade des Anglais the evening of the attack and were injured or traumatized, others lost one or more loved ones, sometimes an entire family.

– “Atrocity of facts“-

These depositions will allow “get a more human perspective on what happened“July 14, 2016, after the projection last Thursday of CCTV images of the attack, observes Virginie Le Roy, lawyer for 105 civil parties, of whom fifteen will testify.

The voice of the victims in a terrorist trial is essential to realize the atrocity of the facts“, also believes Yves Hartemann, lawyer for around 60 civil parties.

I don’t think I’m going to recount the scene in detail“, however, indicates Sophie Desvergnes, a musician who played on a platform the evening of the attack. She hears “especially to talk about the after“, “tell the judges, the public how much our life can be transformed“, even though “I didn’t lose anyone that night, I wasn’t physically hurt“.

The double bass player feels a certain “apprehension“before he took the stand on October 6, but don’t think it will rekindle his trauma.”The things, they never went out, they are there permanently in me“.

Testimony is usually “saving“, in particular for the victims suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, often faced with the incomprehension of the relatives, explains to AFP Héloïse Joly, neuropsychologist in Nice, who evaluated many victims of the attack and testified Friday at trial.

Drop at the bar,”it’s being recognized in the fact of being traumatized, and seeing that you’re not the only one to experience this, understanding that it’s something normal. It’s very guilt-free“, she adds.

The issue is different forbereaved“, explains Anne Murris, it is “a work against oblivion“, for “pay homage“to missing loved ones”in the solemnity of a court“.

– “A dreaded exercise“-

It’s an exercise that I dread“, confides the president of Memorial des anges, aware that at the helm she will become again”the mother of Camille Murris, plunged back six years, when I was looking for my child“after the attack.

Some have written a text to the word, others have for the moment “thought bubbles” in the lead, like Stéphane Erbs, who will evoke September 30 – “my birthday“- his wife Rachel, one of the first victims of the assailant’s murderous journey.

The co-president of Promenade des anges, who will speak for a second time on behalf of his 400 members, hears “highlight the good things we do in the association” – tutoring, outings, equitherapy and shiatsu sessions – “rather than complain“.

He also planned to address the defendants, in particular the three prosecuted for association with terrorist criminals, for “tell them that we are not naive, and that I do not believe in their speech“, claiming that they did not know the intentions of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel.

Conversely, “I grant them no affect, no thought. I don’t even have anger towards them“, explains Anne Murris.

Even if the driver had been in the dock, for me it’s not revenge, since those who died will not return“, also believes Sophie Desvergnes.


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