Response of the defense lawyers, after the trial of the attack on the burnt policemen in Viry-Châtillon.
Sunday, the prosecutor of Evry announced that two new complaints for "forgery" and "violence" were filed in front of her prosecution, against the police officers in charge of the investigation into this attack committed in 2016, in Essonne.
In a joint complaint filed Wednesday and consulted by AFP, Me Sarah Mauger-Poliak, Yaël Scemama and Michel Stansal denounce "forgery in public writing" and "willful violence by a person holding public authority" in the context of the investigation conducted by the departmental security of Essonne, confirming information from Mediapart.
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Denouncing the investigators by name, the lawyers believe that the interrogations were transcribed to the detriment of the defendants, and that the "culprits would have knowingly been released".
"Judgment fraud" and "violations of the public security code"
According to them, the police officers wrote the minutes "by modifying the meaning of the statements, by evading the protests of innocence, a large number of detailed explanations and without recording the requests for verification of the elements proving the absence of involvement" of their two clients, acquitted on appeal and one of whom was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment at first instance.
Moreover, according to the complaint, the key witness of the investigation did not "spontaneously" produce a "list of participants in the attack" as assured by the investigators.
According to the Evry prosecutor's office, another complaint for "forgery in public writing" was filed by Me Frank Berton, lawyer for one of the young people sentenced to 18 years imprisonment on appeal.
On Twitter, the penalist, who is appealing in cassation, indicated that his complaint was "specifically two police officers" also for "fraud of the judgment" and "violations of the code of public security".
With regard to my client, the complaint specifically targets 2 police officers for forgery of public documents, fraud of judgment and violations of the public security code.
This complaint is in the hands of the Evry prosecutor's office.
- Frank Berton (@ frankberton3) May 16, 2021
“Just as I decided on the change of scenery for the first two complaints on the investigation, I requested the change of scenery for these two new complaints,” explained the prosecutor of Evry, Caroline Nisand.
As with the first two complaints, this request for relinquishment must be studied by the Paris general prosecutor's office.
Frédérick Petipermon, lawyer for one of the defendants sentenced to 18 years in prison on appeal and who also appealed to the Supreme Court, had already lodged two complaints in Evry, on February 26 and March 10, for "forgery in public writing" .
According to one of these complaints, the minutes were truncated, failing to transcribe the words of two key witnesses of the investigation.
"It was during the trial at first instance that we discovered the gap between the statements of the accused and their transcription by the investigators," Mauger-Poliak told AFP in April.
On April 18, after a six-week closed-door appeal trial, the Paris juvenile assize court declared five of the 13 defendants guilty of attempted murder of police officers.
Three of them, sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment, appealed to the Supreme Court.
Eight were acquitted, some for the benefit of the "doubt", others for "lack of evidence", sparking the indignation of the police unions and part of the political class.
Renewal Determination Requirement!
- ALLIANCE PN (@alliancepolice) April 20, 2021
These criticisms made the Director General of the National Police Frédéric Veaux react, who defended the investigators, to whom he visited.
He was also surprised that these criticisms of the investigation came five years after the fact.