Since the start of the social protest which degenerated into a crisis in Guadeloupe, more than 70 people have been tried and 64 have been sentenced by courts which are running at full speed, we learned Friday from a judicial source.
"All participants in violent and illegal actions are tried and there have been almost only convictions", told AFP Patrick Desjardins, public prosecutor of Pointe-à-Pitre, who assumes "the choice of zero tolerance ”.
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"It was necessary to provide an immediate criminal response to a real insurrectional threat", explains the prosecutor's office in Pointois, competent in criminal matters, which records "55 immediate appearances since the start of the crisis", resulting in "50 convictions with various penalties "Ranging from" community service up to two years in prison through fines ".
From looting of stores to attempted homicides on police officers
"This activity in terms of presentations, it was in the space of 11 days the equivalent of what we usually do in 4 months", according to Mr. Desjardins.
"67 investigations were opened Wednesday, entrusted to all the investigative services of the department: it goes from the looting of stores, such as an armory, to the attack of gendarmeries and attempted homicides on the police".
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In addition to the 50 people sentenced in Pointe-à-Pitre, 14 were sentenced in Basse-Terre, Xavier Sicot, public prosecutor of Basse-Terre, told AFP.
"All those who were presented, with the exception of a person whom I directed towards a judicial control, were the subject of sentences to prison terms" for "obstructions, violence against persons holding the law. 'public authority, theft, looting, contempt, or rebellion,' he said.
According to an AFP count, Friday morning, at least 148 arrests had been made in Guadeloupe since the start of the events.
New appearances are expected to take place in the coming days.