The town hall of Persan (Val-d'Oise) had been burned and destroyed on the night of June 30 to July 1, during the riots that broke out after the death of Nahel. The municipal police station suffered the same fate. Less than three months after the facts that marked an entire city, 18 people were placed this morning in custody, announced in a statement the prosecutor of Pontoise, Pierre Sennès. Searches were carried out at the suspects' homes.
This wave of arrests was carried out as part of the investigation that had been entrusted by the prosecutor's office to the gendarmes of the Versailles research section. It was opened for "destruction by fire in an organized gang, criminal association and participation in a gathering to commit violence and damage".
"The investigations carried out since the date of the facts allowed the identification of several individuals suspected of having participated in their commission," says Pierre Sennès, who specifies that the arrests were carried out by the soldiers of the SR, reinforced by judicial police officers of the research section of Paris. "During the time of police custody, hearings, confrontations and technical and scientific examinations will make it possible to specify the charges that can be brought against the accused," adds the prosecutor.
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The fire at the town hall of Persan had aroused indignant reactions. The Minister of the City and Housing, Olivier Klein, had gone on site quickly "to show the solidarity of the government towards the town hall, its elected officials and the population of Persian". He called these acts "unspeakable". "We share this pain after Nahel's death, but nothing can justify attacks on public buildings," he added. Valérie Pécresse also travelled to Persan to support the mayor, Valentin Ratieuville.
The same evening, the music conservatory was ransacked and businesses looted and damaged, including a hairdresser and an optician. This earned last week a 19-year-old, arrested with a broken guitar neck, to be sentenced to one year of detention under electronic bracelet.