A young lawyer will lead the new defense team of Salah Abdeslam

Info France Inter – Salah Abdeslam having challenged Me Franck Berton, it is Olivia Ronen, 31, who is preparing to form a new defense team for the main accused of the attacks of November 13, 2015.

Lawyer Olivia Ronen, 31, to lead Salah Abdeslam's new defense team
Lawyer Olivia Ronen, 31, will lead Salah Abdeslam’s new defense team © AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

This is not the first disagreement between Lille tenor Franck Berton and the only survivor of the November 13, 2015 commandos. Salah Abdeslam before the magistrates. Before returning to see the main accused of the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015 in prison and to resume the file. But a few weeks ago: new rupture. This time it was Salah Abdeslam himself who challenged his lawyer. In question: a deep disagreement between the two men.

A 31-year-old lawyer

Salah Abdeslam, on the other hand, retains his other lawyer, the one who wanted to remain discreet as long as possible in order to work more calmly: Me Olivia Ronen. The 31-year-old is a former secretary of the conference in 2016 – that group of lawyers elected by their peers on a contest of eloquence to provide emergency criminal defence. As such, she notably intervened in the file of the Nice attack, defended Erwan Guillard, a former soldier who left to do jihad.

And then, “Salah Abdeslam contacted me a few years ago”, she explains. “After meeting him, I confirmed to him that I would be ready to defend him”. It was finally at the end of 2020 that she officially became his lawyer, then alongside Me Franck Berton. Since the departure of the latter, Me Olivia Ronen intends to constitute a “solid team to carry out his defense”, with colleagues rather of his generation “in order to assist him in the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015“. At the end of this hearing, Salah Abdeslam will have to be transferred to Belgium where the trial of the attacks in Brussels and Zaventem awaits him on March 22, 2016. For this aspect, he is, at this stage, still defended by the Belgian criminal lawyer Sven Mary.

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