He was accused of having supplied the Kalashnikov to the killer of the police officer Xavier Jugelé on the Champs-Élysées in 2017: Nourredine A. was sentenced, Thursday, June 17, to 10 years in prison by the special assize court of Paris. A sentence with a two-thirds security period.
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After eight hours of deliberation, the terrorist qualification was however ruled out. The judges ruled that the “ the mere fact of selling a weapon to a dangerous individual likely to kill police officers was not sufficient to characterize the terrorist qualification “, Even if Nourredine A. had” ways »To know that Karim C., killed by the fire of retorts of the colleagues of Xavier Jugelé, planned to kill the police officers.
Karim C. lived in the same district of Chelles as Nourredine A. and had been sentenced in 2005 to 15 years in prison for attempted assassinations of police officers. ” What happened is atrocious, but we are glad that (Nourredine A.) was acquitted of terrorist association. The strength of a democratic state is to distinguish between respect for the rule of law and the fact of incriminating everyone under the blow of terror. “Said Me Clarisse Serre, one of his lawyers.
According to her, the special assize court has “ does law “And returned” a reassuring decision ». « The Pnat (National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office) may be in the process of wanting to terrorize business to respond to a concern With the wave of terrorist attacks that has affected France for several years, she added.
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The Pnat has the possibility of appealing this verdict which also takes place in a context of attacks on the police, sometimes deadly, in recent months. For other advice from Nourredine A., Me Jean-Baptiste Leclerc, ” to be condemned (for terrorist criminal association), you have to be aware of radicalization (From the terrorist).
The terrorist attack recognized
On April 20, 2017, Karim C. killed Xavier Jugelé, who was driving a police van parked at the top of the Champs-Élysées, and injured three other people, two police officers and a German tourist. The attack, three days before the first round of the presidential election, had hardened the end of the campaign and put the debates on the fight against terrorism back in the spotlight while France had suffered in 2015 and 2016 a wave without precedent of attacks.
The attack was indeed a terrorist project even though Karim C. “ may have appeared as an imbalance “According to the court, which based its motivation on” letter of claim »Written by the assailant and found on him. The attack was then claimed by the Islamic State group.
« Fortunately, the court did not follow its logic and made the educational effort to say that this crime was indeed terrorist in nature. “Said Thibault de Montbrial, lawyer for the family of Xavier Jugelé, her husband, and four of the five police officers present with him that day. ” They are a little disappointed By the verdict, he added.
Two of Nourredine A.’s co-defendants were found guilty of selling him the Kalashnikov: Yanis A. was sentenced to six years in prison, and Mohammed B. to five. They certified that they were not aware that Nourredine A. would then sell the assault rifle to Karim C. The last defendant, who appeared free for having detained the Kalashnikov, was acquitted.