After five years, the investigation into the Magnanville attack comes to an end. The anti-terrorism judges of the Paris judicial court announced that they were closing their investigations into the assassination of a police officer and his companion on June 13, 2016, we learned on Wednesday from sources familiar with the matter.
Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, deputy commander of the Mureaux police station (Yvelines), and his partner Jessica Schneider, 36, an administrative officer at a nearby police station, had been murdered at their home, in the presence of their 3-year-old son. years. The assailant, Larossi Abballa, had claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of Daesh live on social media, before being shot down by the Raid.
Three men suspected of complicity
Three people from his entourage are indicted in this case. Mohamed Lamine Aberouz, 28, was indicted on December 11, 2017 for “complicity in the assassinations of persons holding public authority in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and placed in pre-trial detention. Investigators suspect him of having been present at the couple’s home: his DNA was found on the wrist rest of the computer used for the claim.
Friend of Abballa, Mohamed Aberouz proclaims his innocence, claiming to have left his accommodation that evening only to go to the mosque. “The investigation, which lasted several years, has absolutely not made it possible to establish any complicity, direct or indirect, of Mr. Aberouz”, reacted his lawyer, Mr. Vincent Brengarth. “His referral to a court would be unfounded, except to see there a desire to hold a trial at all costs,” he added.
The holding of a trial still uncertain
Charaf Din Aberouz, 35, older brother of Mohamed, and Saad Rajraji, 32, sentenced in 2013 alongside Abballa in an Afghan-Pakistani jihad recruitment channel, are suspected of having been able to provide logistical support to the ‘assailant. As the investigation did not establish a direct complicity with the attack, they are now under judicial control. The national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office (Pnat) now has a period of one month to make its requisitions, before the final decision of the judges on whether or not to hold a trial for the suspects.
The assassinations of Commander Salvaing and his companion had caused a stir in France and astonishment within the police: for the first time, two of theirs had been targeted by a terrorist attack at their home.