Ali El Haddad Asufi, one of the 11 defendants appearing detained, was “subjected to a self-test (Friday) evening which turned out to be positive, ”said the president of the Special Assize Court of Paris, Jean-Louis Périès, in a message sent to the lawyers.
The positivity of this test was confirmed to AFP by one of Ali El Haddad Asufi’s lawyers, Me Martin Méchin. His client has yet to undergo a PCR test.
A resumption of the hearing on Tuesday is compromised
Ali El Haddad Asufi, who is “not vaccinated”, “showed symptoms yesterday (Friday) at the hearing” and “was a little isolated in the box”, according to Me Méchin. “He was always present. He does not want the hearing to take place without him,” added Martin Méchin. The resumption of the hearing on Tuesday is however highly compromised.
The health situation has already disrupted the resumption of the trial in early January, after a two-week break. The main defendant, Salah Abdeslam, had contracted Covid-19 in prison at the end of December and was still positive. A counter-expertise having concluded on Monday that Salah Abdeslam was “healed” and “non-contagious”, the hearing resumed on Tuesday with the start of the interrogations of the defendants.