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The author of the shooting that cost the life of a man in Béziers does not have "the profile" of a killer, according to the prosecution

2023-09-29T13:10:34.066Z

Highlights: Kamal Hajjaj is on trial for the murder of his friend Karim in Béziers, France. The 30-year-old is accused of killing Karim thinking to avenge his brother. Prosecutor Nathalie Bany asked to reclassify the charge of "murder" as "intentional violence resulting in death without intent to give" The verdict is expected at the end of the day, after the defense's closing arguments. 'I was caught in a spiral,' says the accused, without admitting that it was his bullet that killed his friend.


In her closing arguments, the Attorney General asked to reclassify the charge of "murder" as "intentional violence resulting in death without intent to give".


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Neither the profile, nor the build" of a killer: the attorney general asked Friday, September 29 to the Assize Court of Hérault to dismiss the accusation of murder weighing on a man tried for killing one of his friends in Béziers (Hérault) thinking to avenge his brother.

In her closing argument, on the last day of the trial, Nathalie Bany asked to reclassify the charge of "murder", punishable by 30 years in prison, in "intentional violence resulting in death without intent to give", punishable by up to 20 years. "He shot, but for my part, he is not responsible for a murder," she explained, asking for a 15-year sentence against this 30-year-old man, without criminal record, who according to her was "caught" in stories beyond him.

'Gearing'

Kamal Hajjaj, owner of a snack bar living at the time at his mother's house, had tried to explain at the opening of the trial why he had rushed into the neighborhood of his childhood and then shot a group of men on the evening of July 16, 2019. "I saw my brother dying," he said, recounting having learned that his brother Karim had just been seriously injured in a dispute with two acquaintances of this district of Béziers with a sulphurous reputation, the brothers Mohamed and Rachid Lazgah.

In fact, Karim was only slightly injured and it is a young man of 26 years sitting on a bench, friend of the accused and stranger to this whole story, who will be fatally wounded. "I was caught in a spiral," said Kamal Hajjaj, without admitting that it was his bullet that killed his friend. The attorney general also asked for the acquittal, for lack of evidence, for the "attempted murder" accused of Rachid Lazgah for shooting at Kamal Hajjaj's fleeing vehicle. She requested six years in prison for extortion attempts related to this case, and five years for similar acts against his brother Mohamed. The verdict is expected at the end of the day, after the defense's closing arguments.

Source: lefigaro

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