Metin Karasular and Michel Catino, domiciled in Gilly, are accused of having been part of the “chain of responsibilities” which led to the deaths of seventeen people, between January 7 and 9, 2015. They are accused of “association of terrorist criminals “.
According to French prosecutors, the Karasular garage in Marchienne-au-Pont was part of a triangle between Paris, the French Ardennes and Charleroi where terrorists acquired weapons and ammunition. Their main contact was Ali Polat, for whom the advocates general are calling for life imprisonment.
The latter had visited the Marchienne-au-Pont garage on several occasions with Amédy Coulibaly, the murderer of the Hyper Cacher, just before the attacks. Coulibaly had said his prayers in the back room. “While those concerned knew of the radicalization of at least one of their clients, they did not hesitate to provide logistical support “, estimated Monday evening before the special assize court of Paris the general counsel Julie Holveck.
The two Belgians are accused of having supplied weapons to the terrorists, on the basis of lists found in the garage and at the home of Mr Karasular. But their lawyers deny it. “It is a very severe indictment which does not distinguish between those who are in terrorism and those who are in the petty trafficking of arms and narcotics “, reacts to La Libre Belgique Me Jean Chevais, Karasular lawyer. He will plead his client’s case on Wednesday afternoon.