the suspect indicted for “assassination attempts”


The man suspected of having attacked a crew of police officers with a knife on Monday in Cannes was indicted in particular for “attempted assassinations on police officers” and placed in pre-trial detention, the Grasse prosecutor’s office announced on Friday.

The Algerian national suspected of the attack was also indicted “for violence resulting in a total interruption of work of less than 8 days with premeditation, weapon and on police officials”.

Earlier in the day, the public prosecutor of Grasse, Damien Savarzeix, announced the opening of a judicial investigation.

The terrorist qualification not retained

Monday at 6.30 am, an Algerian aged 37, residing in Cannes and who has an Italian residence permit, stabbed two of the four police officers present in a police vehicle in front of the Cannes police station. They were not injured, protected by their bulletproof vests. The crew was about to go on patrol when they were attacked.

The man’s state of health, twice affected by the retaliatory fire and who has since undergone several operations, “now authorizes the resumption of the course of the proceedings,” said the prosecutor on Friday.

While he indicated on Tuesday “that no element of the investigation” made it possible to establish a link with an Islamist organization, the prosecutor confirmed on Friday that the national anti-terrorist prosecution (PNAT) “did not retain its jurisdiction “and that the Grasse public prosecutor’s office therefore remain in charge of the case.

Thursday, all the custody in the entourage of the alleged perpetrator had been lifted, leading to accredit the thesis of a solitary act of a man who mentioned in his last hearing both “the hold of an evil spirit and the will to avenge ‘the prophet’ “.


Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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