The two men were arrested Tuesday and were to be tried in immediate appearance this Thursday at the Créteil court for aggravated violence. The court decided to send the case back to January.
Two men suspected of having participated in the violent knife attack of an elected representative of the town hall of Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne) in early October were arrested on Tuesday, BFMTV learned from the Créteil prosecutor’s office.
They will be tried on January 6, 2022 after a first trial on Thursday. The two men were to be tried in immediate appearance on Thursday at the Créteil court for aggravated violence but the court decided to return the case.
One of the two accused will remain in pre-trial detention until then, the other has been placed under judicial supervision, the judges decided.
“In this case, we were wrong”
“In this case, we were wrong. My client maintains that he did not participate in the facts, which have nothing to do with any political aspect,” responded to Agence France -Press (AFP) Me Serge Money, lawyer for the defendant placed under judicial supervision.
On October 8, after a handball match, Boukary Gassama, deputy in charge of youth in Ivry-sur-Seine, received several stab wounds in the thigh after being the target of threats. According to the Créteil prosecutor’s office, the attackers threatened him by telling him “you are killing people, we are going to kill you”.
Present on the spot, two other elected officials had also been beaten and threatened while trying to intervene. The case had moved the city authorities and a rally against the violence had been organized.
The investigation entrusted to the judicial police of Val-de-Marne
The two young men sent back for immediate appearance dispute the charges against them. They just recognize that they weren’t very far, as long as they live in the neighborhood.
But according to information from BFMTV, the voice of one of the two was formally recognized by one of the witnesses. As for the second, he was identified by a shopkeeper from the neighborhood where he had taken refuge, bleeding, shortly after the altercation. In his defense, he admitted having gone to this shopkeeper but explained that he was injured otherwise. One of the two is well known to the police for acts of violence.
The investigation was entrusted to the judicial police of Val-de-Marne.