Wojciech Janowski, sentenced to life imprisonment for having ordered the assassination of his mother-in-law, the Monegasque billionaire Hélène Pastor, filed a request for release less than two weeks after a further postponement of his appeal trial, a. – we learned from his lawyer.
He justifies his request by three main points: the “unreasonable delay” between his detention and his judgment because he has been in prison for more than six years, his age (71 years) and his state of health, details his lawyer, Mr. Jean-Jacques Campana.
“He could be domiciled in the Var, live with his retirement of 2,500 euros per month and be free to be able to defend himself during his new appeal trial” whose dates have not yet been fixed, he adds.
The investigative chamber of the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal will study his request on December 9 at 2 p.m.
His appeal trial has already been postponed twice: in March, interrupted by confinement; and early November.
On November 2, the defense lawyers had in fact jointly demanded his dismissal, due to the health context and the request for disjunction of the alleged shooter, whose lawyer was detained by another trial.
The court then specified that it had ordered the referral of the case to a subsequent session, considering “that regardless of the current health risk”, it was necessary, “in the interest of the manifestation of the truth, to uphold the referral requests made to allow consideration of the facts of the prosecution in a single trial. “
On May 6, 2014, Hélène Pastor, 77, and Mohamed Darwich, 63, were fatally shot in front of a hospital in Nice where the billionaire had just visited her son Gildo.
In 2018, Wojciech Janowski was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of being the instigator of this ambush.
Just after the tragedy, he confessed in police custody to being the organizer of this trap before retracting until the last minute about-face, during the trial at first instance, of his lawyer at the time, Eric Dupond-Moretti.
The latter, who has since become Minister of Justice, had then conceded that his client was indeed the sponsor of the assassination of Ms. Pastor, but not that of the driver – remarks again disputed nine months later by Wojciech Janowski .