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JUSTICE – Justice continues to impose its own tempo on rapper MHD: suspected of being involved in a brawl with fatal consequences in 2018 in Paris, he will be tried at the assizes along with eight other people.
The investigating judge in charge of the investigation into the death of a 23-year-old young man, beaten up in the 10th arrondissement in July 2018, signed an indictment order on Wednesday sending the artist and eight other people back to court. the Paris Assize Court for “intentional homicide”, AFP learned from a source close to the case, confirming information from the Parisian.
Mohamed Sylla, 27, better known to the general public by his stage name “MHD”, therefore faces a 30-year prison sentence. Enough to pose a serious threat to the career of the “prince” of “afro-trap” (a mixture of rap and African music).
On the night of July 5 to 6, 2018, Loïc K., 23, was run over by a car, beaten up and then stabbed in the 10th arrondissement of the capital. A dozen people attacked him, a scene filmed on a cell phone by a witness from a window, a key element of the case. Loïc K. very quickly died of his injuries.
Quickly, the investigation turned on the track of a settling of scores between rival groups in north-eastern Paris from two districts: Chaufourniers and Cité rouge on one side, Grange-aux-Belles on the other.
The rapper’s car from the 19th arrondissement, a recognizable black Mercedes, is the one that knocked the young man down, but several actors in the case testified that the rapper lent it very regularly.
In her order, the judge held on defense that “Mohamed Sylla’s genetic profile was not found at the crime scene” and “that it is not disputed that this vehicle was used by several people around him. ”.
However, it considers the “charges sufficient” to refer to the MHD assizes, in particular in view of “several testimonies” identifying him on the spot, as well as by his declarations “very evolving and in contradiction with certain elements of the file concerning his use of the time the night of the facts ”. The rapper has consistently denied the facts.
“Very low loads”
“We brought throughout the judicial investigation many objective elements exonerating our client,” commented Me Antoine Vey, lawyer for the musician alongside Me Elise Arfi.
“However, the order of indictment retains absolutely the same ideas as at the start,” he added, considering “positive” to move on to the hearing stage. “It is a file which is based on very weak charges which could be swept away during the trial”.
This homicide has in any case put a net stop to the career of MHD, who had made himself known in particular by a tube to the glory of PSG and aroused the interest of Madonna or Drake.
In January 2019, MHD was indicted for “intentional homicide” and imprisoned in this supposed settling of accounts case.
After a year and a half of detention, he was released in the summer of 2020 under judicial supervision, banned from going to Paris, forced to report to the police station every week and subject to a bond of 150,000 euros. He has since released a new album.
The investigation established that this murder had taken place following several previous clashes between residents of opposite neighborhoods, and in retaliation for facts that had occurred a few hours previously, a violent intrusion into the home of one of the people involved earlier in the evening.
But the trial at the assizes will aim in particular to distinguish the different responsibilities between the nine implicated.
“This dismissal is logical and in accordance with the law”, for his part, congratulated Me Adrien Gabeaud, lawyer for one of the two people who were dismissed at the end of the investigation.
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