Terrorist’s widow who escaped to IS was sentenced to 30 years in prison in France

Terrorist's widow who escaped to IS was sentenced to 30 years in prison in France

Hayat Boumeddiene, the widow of terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, who attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris in 2015, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in France.

A special jury found the woman guilty of financing terrorism and participating in a criminal terrorist association. Boumediene was tried in absentia: she is believed to have fled from justice to Syria, where she joined the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, banned in Russia).

The sentence was handed down as part of the trial in the case of the attack on the editorial office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Hebdo) and the attacks in Montrouge and a kosher supermarket in Paris. A total of 14 people are involved, three of whom are being tried in absentia. They were all found guilty on various charges, including complicity in the attacks. At the same time, some charges related to terrorism were dropped and they were tried under lighter articles. All of the defendants received sentences ranging from four years to life in prison.

Coulibaly, 32, seized a kosher grocery store near Vincennes Gate on Jan. 9, 2015, killing four customers and taking 15 others hostage. The day before, he had attacked a police officer in the Parisian suburb of Montrouge.

Coulibaly is an acquaintance of the brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who shot up the Charlie Hebdo editorial office on January 7 of that year for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, killing 12 people. All three were liquidated by French security forces on January 9.