French authorities appoint attorney to defend Egyptian Louvre attacker

Photographs of Louvre attacker, Abdullah al-Hamahmy. (Supplied)

The French judiciary has appointed one of its attorneys to defend the 28-year-old Egyptian, Abdullah al-Hamahmy, who attacked guards at the Louvre Museum using a machete earlier this month.

Al-Hamahmy’s father had authorized a Tunisian-French lawyer to defend his son, before French authorities objected the assignment stating that the defendant’s father was not entitled to hire lawyers on his son’s behalf.

According to Rizk Shehata, a spokesman for the Egyptian community in France, Al-Hamahmy’s attorney attended initial interrogations with the defendant.

Head of the community, Saleh Farhoud, told Al Arabiya that the attacker was facing preliminary charges of attempted murder and association with a terrorist organization.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50