The Assize Court of Paris sentenced Friday, June 9 to 30 years in prison with a two-thirds safety period Hanine Benbouabdellah, alias "Poub" or "Poup", a kingpin of the Banana district in eastern Paris, tried for the murder of the sister of the leader of a rival gang.
The verdict, in accordance with the requisitions of the Attorney General's Office, was greeted with applause and shouts of joy by the victim's family who came in large numbers to the hearing. "Justice is rendered in serenity. She does not contest and she does not applaud herself, "immediately developed the president of the Assize Court Pascale Pérard putting an end to the charivari. The gendarmes, who were very numerous in the courtroom, ensured that the two clans were never in contact.
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Coldly executed by bullets
The accused, aged 44, had resolutely denied during his trial any involvement in the death of Essma Cheambi, 34, coldly executed by bullets in September 2016 while she was stopped in her car at the red light of a street in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis). "Even I am shocked" by this crime, said Hanine Benbouabdellah, slender body, balding skull, short salt and pepper beard, during her interrogation before the Assize Court.
Against the other seven defendants, including two women, tried for having more or less helped him after the murder, the court handed down three acquittals and sentences of one to five years in prison, often suspended. Totally foreign to the underworld, Essma Cheambi paid with her life for being the sister of Yassine Cheambi, 48, nicknamed "The Ziente" or "Yass the Banana", another thug stuck in organized crime and rival of the Benbouabdellah clan.
Present at the hearing, Yassine Cheambi could not help but taunt his rival by smirking him after the verdict was announced. The gendarmes escorted the members of the Cheambi clan to the gates of the Palace of Justice before letting the members of the Benbouabdellah clan out of the judicial compound.