This courtroom sketch created at the palais de Justice court in Paris on January 24, 2018 shows Jawad Bendaoud in the dock, accused of harbouring two of the jihadists in the aftermath of the November 2015 Paris attacks. / AFP / Benoit PEYRUCQ
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Jawad Bendaoud and Mohammad Soumah, accused of harboring militants in the aftermath of the carnage that left 130 people dead, wept as a mother spoke of her pain.The court has been packed since the trial opened Wednesday, with France closely watching the proceedings as the only survivor among the 10 attackers, Salah Abdeslam, prepares to go on trial in Belgium Monday.Bendaoud, a 31-year-old drug dealer, is accused of renting his apartment to senior Daesh (ISIS) militant Abdel-Hamid Abaaoud -- the suspected coordinator of the attacks -- and his accomplice Chakib Akrouh.Anti-terror police killed Abaaoud, Akrouh and Abaaoud's cousin Hasna Aitboulahcen in a ferocious assault on Bendaoud's flat in Saint-Denis north of Paris on Nov. 18, five days after the attacks. Co-defendant Soumah apologised to the victims last week, but Bendaoud has yet to follow suit.
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