“Sorry for what happened, sincerely… And thank you!
Relieved not to return to prison, it is with these words of Mohamed A. alias Razmo that the judicial page, opened two years ago, for corruption of jurors in Bobigny turned.
The criminal court sentenced him on Tuesday, along with one of his friends, Anthony F., nicknamed Butch, to two years in prison for intimidation of a juror.
The two thirty-something from Bondy have already completed nine and twelve months of pre-trial detention and their sentence is flexible.
As for the juror who disclosed the verdict on Snapchat, Joachim D., "Djo" he was sentenced to ten months in prison suspended as well as a citizenship course.
All three are deprived of exercising their civic rights for five years.
On the evening of February 7, 2019, the verdict had spread like wildfire in the Assize Chamber, twenty minutes before the return of the court.
For two weeks, eight accused were tried for a case of ultraviolent sequestration in Aulnay-sous-Bois, after the disappearance of a drug load in 2014.
"If the border has been crossed, it is only in the name of proximity"
"I still want to apologize for the damage caused to justice, I am ready to repair my mistakes," said the former juror who had communicated the verdict to Butch by message.
As a substitute juror, he was not entitled to the vote but had attended the entire trial and the final debate, having sworn to secrecy.
And after that, he had gone to dinner with Butch and Razmo.
It was Butch, who had requested it during the trial.
He had two friends in the box and had recognized Djo, a young man from the mosque, among the jurors.
"If the border has been crossed, it is only in the name of proximity, of a neighborhood relationship, more out of voyeurism or extremely misplaced curiosity" pleaded Me Raphael Chiche, lawyer of Razmo, dismissing any will of intimidation.
"The affair made pschitt", for Me Aurélien Gallochat, the lawyer of Butch.
No proof of vote purchase or pressure such that the jurors would have felt the obligation to pay massively.
Even though the number of acquittals was unexpected (six out of eight) and that the president of the Assize Court at the time, Philippe Jean-Draeher qualified them, in an internal note, as “unfounded”.
"By being a juror in Seine-Saint-Denis, you are protected by justice"
"They absolutely did not need to threaten, [the juror] is 23 years old, and feels obliged to listen to them and does not want his juror status to be rumored in the city", developed the prosecutor Adrien Luneau before to request penalties which he described as "heavy". He even made a comparison with a bullying case in Corsica. "You will also have to say that by being a juror in Seine-Saint-Denis, you are protected by justice," he insisted. He had asked for a reclassification of the facts as an "act of intimidation committed against a juror" punishable by three years in prison instead of ten.
The court heard him.
But neither remained deaf to Me Agathe Grenouillet, the juror of the juror, who demanded "a sentence useful to society, such as community service or a citizenship course".
"This file, it is not the trial of justice in Seine-Saint-Denis" insisted the lawyer, or "of the popular jurors" but of a man "who did not take the measure of the oath" .
No one is considering appealing this decision at this stage.
The chapter is not however definitively closed around this affair.
The two victims of torture and barbarism are still waiting, seven years after the events, to be compensated.
The judges are due to rule next week.