Death of Rémi Fraisse: the State condemned to compensate the family

The environmental activist was killed by the police in 2014 while demonstrating against the construction of the Sivens dam.

The Toulouse administrative court announces this Thursday that the state is ordered to compensate the family of Rémi Fraisse, an environmental activist, killed by the police in 2014 while he was demonstrating against the construction of the Sivens dam, in the Tarn.

“The administrative tribunal recognizes the faultless responsibility of the State for the death of Rémi Fraisse following the intervention of the police, during the demonstrations on the site of the Sivens dam project, and compensates the beneficiaries of the victim for their moral damage up to a total amount of 46,400 euros “, writes the court in a press release.

On October 26, 2014, the 21-year-old botanist was killed by the explosion of an OF-F1 type offensive grenade, launched by a mobile gendarme, during violent clashes on the site of the controversial water reservoir of Sivens . A few days after the death of Rémi Fraisse, the government suspended the use of these grenades by the police, before banning them definitively several months later.

“Responsibility without fault of the State” and “faulty recklessness” of Rémi Fraisse

Unsuccessful in criminal proceedings, the Fraisse family turned to administrative justice to obtain recognition of state responsibility.

“Criminal and administrative justice does not want to recognize the fault of the State and the gendarme. Therefore, the European Court of Human Rights, which is already seized, will decide this case”, declared Arié Alimi, the lawyer of the father of the young environmental activist.

The court held “a liability without fault of the State and considers that there was a ‘faulty recklessness’ of Rémi Fraisse, this decision is in line with the logic of the dismissal ordered by the criminal justice”, a regretted the lawyer.

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