Eight years in prison for a police officer from the 18th arrondissement, in Paris

By condemning, Monday February 22, the former police officer of the anti-crime brigade (BAC) of the 18e district of the capital, Karim Mameche, to eight years’ imprisonment, the 16e correctional chamber of the Paris court had a heavy hand. This judgment is accompanied by a definitive ban from exercising the profession of police officer, for this 47-year-old civil servant, who, during the hearing, had declared to have entered the police force seventeen years ago, because “It is a noble profession which [l]‘has since attracted [son] younger age [afin] to fight for justice ”.

The court also ordered the confiscation of a studio in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis), owned by Karim Mameche since 2015 and financed to the tune of 19,000 euros through a money laundering operation, in particular by purchasing winning game grids.

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The ex-brigadier, who, until his arrest in June 2019, had always been well noted by his superiors because of his “Good results in the field”, was convicted of “passive corruption”, “theft”, “forgery in public writing”, “drug trafficking”, “money laundering”. He had been denounced in April 2019 by one of his colleagues from the BAC on 18e, witness to these turpitudes. The investigation was entrusted to the General Inspectorate of the National Police.

“Lack of evidence”

“You deceived the judicial authority and betrayed the confidence of the judicial institution with these actions of seasoned delinquents”, considers the court. Against Karim Mameche, the court, chaired by Isabelle Prévost-Desprez, followed to the letter the prosecution’s requisitions made on February 11 at the hearing. In its argument presented on Monday pending the final drafting of the judgment, expected at the end of the week, the court speaks “A misuse of the judicial police missions”.

According to his judges, Karim Mameche, alias “Bylka” (Kabyle in verlan), had become over the years both “Banker, carrying suitcases, organizers of clearing operations, exchanges of cash against checks”. During the trial, between February 3 and 12, the proceedings brought to light certain criminal acts. Thus this “insurance” system developed by Bylka and imposed on dealers. Subscribing to this system guaranteed them impunity and the free exercise of their offense in the hunting territory of Bylka and his troops.

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