The Paris trial of the 'Algiers Barricades' resumed Dec 7 - without the principal defendant, Pierre Lagaillarde.
The Paris trial of the 'Algiers Barricades' resumed Dec 7 - without the principal defendant, Pierre Lagaillarde. Four other defendants also were absent.
Their lawyers asked for the trial to continue, but Lagaillarde's lawyer, Maitre Gallot said that having obtained Lagaillard's release on bail under difficult conditions, he could not, in view of Lagaillard's new attitude, continue to defend him.
Another defence lawyer, Maitre Tixier-Vignancourt, told the court Lagaillarde was in Spain and had no intention of returning to France.
The lawyer went to Madrid before the resumption of the trial to persuade Lagaillarde to return and defend himself. The lawyer added: 'I declare before this tribunal, Lagaillarde did not leave France of his own free will.'
Meanwhile, the French National Assembly lifted Lagaillarde's parliamentary immunity.