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Policemen burned in Viry-Chatillon: sentences of 10 to 20 years in prison for defendants

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Cries and tears. At the verdict, relatives of the accused reacted strongly Wednesday night. At 11:30 pm, the president of the Assize Court rendered the jury's decision. Eight of the thirteen defendants are sentenced to between 10 and 20 years' imprisonment. In detail, two are sentenced to 12 years, three to 18 years, two to 20 years and one to 10 years. The other five accused were acquitted for the benefit of the doubt.

"We do not understand this verdict," reacted Mr. Thibault de Montbrial and Mr. Laurent-Franck Liénard, lawyers for police victims of this attack. Mr. Liénard adds: "The penalties are very low compared to the qualifications selected. It is not up to the challenge. The victims waited until we showed that it is forbidden to touch the police ".

Linda Kebbab, national delegate of the Unity SGP union, civil party, jumped: "We did not expect it. We have people who wanted to burn alive human beings. The life of a policeman is worth more than 10 years.

Me Thibault de Montbrial (left), the lawyer of the policewoman Jenny, and Me Laurent-Franck Liénard, who defends two of the injured police officers, answer the questions at the end of the verdict./LP/N.G
Me Thibault de Montbrial (left), the lawyer of the policewoman Jenny, and Me Laurent-Franck Liénard, who defends two of the injured police officers, answer the questions at the end of the verdict./LP/N.G

On October 8, 2016, at 3 pm, two police cars were set on the D 445 at Viry-Châtillon, facing the sensitive city of Grande-Borne. The four policemen on board have been very violently assaulted by about fifteen young people. Two agents, Jenny and Vincent, are badly burned, two others, Virginie and Sébastien, wounded.

The Advocate General had required 20 to 30 years of criminal imprisonment. Major defendants were liable to life imprisonment.

Absence of numerous witnesses

This verdict is the epilogue of an extraordinary trial that opened on October 15, 2019, in camera, because of the minority at the time of the facts of three of the thirteen accused. Aged 19-24, they all denied their responsibilities during these three weeks of hearings. But Jenny, one of the policewomen, formally recognized one of her attackers during the trial.

The Assize Court also had to forge an intimate conviction despite the absence of numerous witnesses. Those who have been heard have very often gone back on their statements, or have claimed to have forgotten everything. Which made one of the plaintiffs' lawyers say. "It is the law of the district which reigns in this audience".

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