French court finds Charlie Hebdo attack accomplices guilty

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    A French court has found 14 people guilty of helping three gunmen who killed seventeen people in Paris in January 2015. Three were tried in absentia.

    The 14 people were handed sentences of between four and 30 years, the judge saying that without their logistical support the gunmen would not have been able to carry out their crimes.

    Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports from the court in Paris, France.

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    On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30am CET local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the terrorist group al-Qaeda.

    Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region on 7–9 January 2015, including the Hypercacher kosher supermarket siege.

    Charlie Hebdo is a publication that courted controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders. It published cartoons of Muhammad in 2012, forcing France to temporarily close embassies and schools in more than 20 countries amid fears of reprisals. Its offices were also firebombed in November 2011 after publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its cover.

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