‘Act of war!’ Le Pen says terrorists should be tried in MILITARY COURTS in wake of attacks

Saturday, September 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

TERRORISM cases should be heard by special courts involving the military, Marine Le Pen has declared.

Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The leader of the Front National made the comments when she was asked about what amendments her party is preparing to make in the counter-terrorism bill, designed to replace powers under the current state of emergency.

Speaking in an interview for Le Parisien, Ms Le Pen said: “Unlike Macron, the Republicans do not believe that terrorism is a crime like any other.

“It must become the target of a dedicated fight.

“There should probably be a dedicated jurisdiction.

“Why not the equivalent of the former Cour de sûreté de l’État (State Security Court)? Since terrorism is an act of war.

The State Security Court was a special judicial body which existed from the 60s to the 80s and it included two military officers, with someone of the rank of a General working as one of the three judges.

The aim of the court was to judge crimes against national security, which included terrorism.

The state of emergency has been high in France following the attacks in Paris in November 2015, which killed more than 130 people.

Terrorism cases in France fall under the jurisdiction of the Court of Session, which is a court made up of three judges and nine jurors.

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