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Assassination of Yvan Colonna: the anti-terrorist prosecutor justifies the non-placement in QER of the aggressor


The transfer to the Radicalization Assessment Unit (QER) in 2019 of the inmate prosecuted for killing Yvan Colonna in 2022 was "useless"...

The transfer to the radicalization assessment district (QER) in 2019 of the detainee prosecuted for having killed Yvan Colonna in 2022 was "


" since his "


" was "


", justified on Wednesday the national anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard .

On March 2, Yvan Colonna, who was serving a life sentence in Arles prison (Bouches-du-Rhône) for the assassination of the prefect Claude Erignac in 1998, was violently attacked by Franck Elong Abé, a man 36 years old sentenced to several sentences including one of nine years for terrorist criminal association.

The Corsican independence activist died a few weeks later.

Notice reserved for transfer

In July 2019, the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor's Office (Pnat) issued an unfavorable opinion for a transfer to a QER in the Paris region of this man who went to fight with the Taliban in Afghanistan in the early 2010s. Requested by the registry of Condé prison -sur-Sarthe (Orne), where Elong Abé was then imprisoned, the Pnat had issued "

a very reserved opinion on a transfer to QER from the Paris region, given his criminal and prison profile

", explained Jean-François Ricard before the deputies of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the fatal attack on Yvan Colonna.

Franck Elong Abé had already committed multiple violent actions (…) He set his cell on fire almost every three days.

The QER assessment

, which aims to determine whether a detainee for acts of Islamist terrorism can be incarcerated in conventional detention or in a neighborhood with reinforced security, "

was useless at the time

", continued Jean-François Ricard. .

His "


" was "


" by "

his past and his behavior in detention

", he insisted.

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According to a psychiatric report from July 2014, cited by the prosecutor, his "

personality is structured in a psychotic mode but does not present any psychiatric danger

" and the "

disharmony of his personality

" brings "

a form of impaired discernment


According to the magistrate, "

a QER decided in July 2019 would have been risky

" and "

was not appropriate


Jean-François Ricard also recalled why the Pnat quickly seized the judicial information on the assassination of Yvan Colonna: the "


" and the "

extreme violence

" of the aggression and its "


" motive.

invoked by the suspect, namely the "


” that Yvan Colonna would have pronounced according to his attacker.

Source: lefigaro

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