It is a testimony obtained at the end of 2019 that put the investigators on this track. Jacques Mariani, a figure of Corsican banditry, was placed in police custody in the investigation into the escape of the multi-repeat robber Redoine Faïd from Réau prison (Seine-et-Marne) in 2018, we learned on Tuesday from judicial sources, confirming information from L'Obs.
The heir of the criminal gang La Brise de mer was extracted Tuesday from his cell in the Baumettes prison in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) to be heard by the Brigade for the Suppression of Banditry in Versailles (Yvelines).
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A suspect suspected of having participated in the scaffolding of the plan to escape Redoine Faïd had told investigators that a man with a Corsican accent was present, while other witnesses told of the existing links between Jacques Mariani , in prison at the time of the escape, and the entourage of the robber.
These are the elements that led the investigators to make connections and then to place in custody of Jacques Mariani, notably sentenced in 2008 to 15 years of criminal imprisonment for assassination, in order to verify if this Corsica was not one of his knowledge.
On July 1, 2018, an armed commando had been placed by helicopter in the courtyard of the Réau penitentiary center (Seine-et-Marne). Dressed in black, hooded, two men equipped with a Kalashnikov-type assault rifle had emerged from the aircraft before recovering Faïd. The latter was serving his sentence after his conviction for a failed robbery in Val-de-Marne which had cost the life in 2010 to municipal policewoman Aurélie Fouquet.
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After three months on the run, the robber was arrested on October 3, 2018 with several relatives, including his brother Rachid, in an apartment in Creil (Oise).