Algerian Islamist, Rachid Ramda, has gone on trial in France for bomb attacks on the Paris rail network in 1995 which killed eight people. Around 200 other people were wounded in the three explosions, the worst bombing campaign in mainland France since the end of the Second World War.
Ramda is already serving a ten-year sentence after his conviction in March 2006 for terrorist conspiracy.
If convicted for these attacks the 38-year-old Algerian could face life in prison.
One victim says he cannot forget the horror of the attack: “The image I have of the people’s screams, especially their pain, I am reminded of every day.”
Francoise Rudetzki is head of the association SOS Attacks: “I hope that Rachid Ramda doesn’t only express himself in the press, and that he’ll provide us with explanations about his fingerprints, the telephone numbers found and the transfer of money.”
Last year’s trial heard evidence seized at Ramda’s London address included documents relating to an Algerian radical group, and a Western Union payment slip bearing his fingerprints. That evidence allegedly shows he sent 7,000 Euros to the Paris bombers.
Prosecutors are expected to tell the Paris court that Ramda was directly involved in the attack on the Paris surburban railway station Saint Michel-Notre Dame where eight people were killed.