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Possession of weapons: three years in prison for a figure of Corsican banditry


Jean-Luc Codaccioni, presented as the leader of the Corsican criminal gang known as the "Africans", was tried Thursday in immediate appearance and...

Jean-Luc Codaccioni, presented as the leader of the Corsican criminal gang known as the "Africans", was tried Thursday in immediate appearance and sentenced to three years in prison with continued detention for transport and possession of weapons by the criminal court of Bastia.

He had been arrested Sunday evening in Calvi (Haute-Corse) by the customs services, in the company of another man, aged 25, who was sentenced to two years in prison, also with continued detention.

This man had been sentenced to eight years in prison in 2019 by the assize court for minors of Haute-Corse for robberies of a motorhome.

“Prisoner of this heritage”

The two defendants were also sentenced to a ban on possessing a weapon for ten years and will have to pay a customs fine of 700 euros.

During their arrest, aboard an armored vehicle, the two passengers were in possession of two loaded Glock 26 pistols, a semi-automatic rifle, a carbine, two stacked rifles and approximately 1,000 cartridges , all ammunition combined, but also a machine for clay pigeon shooting.

At the helm, the two men maintained that they were going to a ball-trap session organized with friends on private land.

They also clarified that the four long guns were declared and belonged to acquaintances.

Regarding the Glocks, the two men could not justify their detention.

It is

“a weapon well known to the police and members of the community”

, underlined Arnaud Viornery, the public prosecutor of Bastia, for whom the two defendants

“are part of a criminal dynamic”.

“Jean-Luc Codaccioni has chosen to be a prisoner of this heritage.

We must protect people who want to be able to live on (this) island without being permanently subjected to armed people

,” added the Bastia prosecutor.

In a police document consulted by AFP, which lists 25 criminal gangs across the island of Beauty, Jean-Luc Codaccioni is presented as being at the head of the so-called "Africans" gang.

These 25 criminal gangs had been mentioned in July by the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, during a visit to Bastia during which he had stated a

"strengthening of judicial means"

against organized crime in Corsica.

Jean-Luc Codaccioni is also the son of Jean-Luc Codaccioni, another figure of Corsican banditry, assassinated in the company of Antoine Quilicchini at Bastia Poretta airport, on December 5, 2017, against the backdrop of a vendetta.

At the hearing on Thursday, Jean-Luc Codaccioni benefited from the presence of many supporters and relatives, including Jenifer, the star of the song, his cousin.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2022-12-08

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