(Paris) The Lebanese-Canadian Hassan Diab, the only accused of the attack against the synagogue on rue Copernic in Paris on October 3, 1980, was sentenced on Friday to life imprisonment by the special assize court which judged him in his absence.

The prosecution had requested this maximum sentence, the only “conceivable” against the 69-year-old academic, believing that he was, “without any possible doubt”, the author of this anti-Semitic attack, which made four deaths nearly 43 years ago. The defense pleaded acquittal.

More details will follow.