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Incompressible life sentence for Salah Abdeslam: what you need to know about this sentence


Created in 1994, the incompressible life sentence prevents the convicted person from requesting a sentence adjustment before 30 years of detention.

In their closing arguments, his lawyers pleaded with the judges not to sentence him to "a slow death sentence".

Salah Abdeslam, 32, considered the last surviving member of the November 13 attacks, has just been sentenced to life imprisonment.

This is the heaviest penalty in the Penal Code.


What is it about ?

Incompressible perpetuity or "real perpetuity" means that the security period is unlimited.

It prevents the inmate from requesting a sentence adjustment.

Framed by law 94-89, it can only apply in the event of a terrorist crime, murder with rape, torture or act of barbarism on a minor under 15, murder in an organized gang of a person holding the public authority and assassination of a person holding public authority.

For all other crimes, the security period is 22 years.

Can this security period be lifted?

After 30 years of detention, however, the convicted person can request that a sentence enforcement judge (JAP) look again at this security period.

But this decision can only be taken under certain conditions.

The court will first have to consult a commission made up of five judges from the Court of Cassation who will give an opinion: should this penalty be raised or not?

The detainee will also have to prove that he can be reintegrated and that he does not present a danger to society.

The victims of his crimes are then notified and can render an opinion.

Finally, three medical experts examine the detainee and assess his state of danger.

Why create this sentence?

It is the Patrick Tissier affair which opens the debate on this life prison sentence.

This serial killer and rapist, convicted multiple times, was convicted of the murder in 1993 of Karine Volckaert, 8, in Perpignan.

At the time, the Minister of Justice, Pierre Méhaignerie said he was marked by the case and wanted to strengthen the 30-year security period that already existed for murders, rapes, torture and acts of barbarism on children.

In 2007, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

This condemnation was extended in 2011 to murders or attempted murders of persons holding public authority (police forces, magistrates, prison guards).

Then, after the series of attacks in 2015, it was extended to terrorist crimes in 2016.

In 2014, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) validated this life sentence, considering that it still offered hope of release to the detainee.

Who are the condemned?

Until then, this sentence had only been pronounced four times.

Pierre Bodein, known as "Pierrot le fou" received this sentence in 2007 in Bas-Rhin for the rape and murder of Karine Volckaert.

Michel Fourniret followed in 2008. The latter was the very first sentenced to this sentence to die in prison.

Then Nicolas Blondiau in 2013 and Yannick Luende Bothelo in 2016. All for the rape, torture and murder of children.


Verdict of the November 13 trial: “We have a feeling of justice”

On Wednesday evening, the court specially composed to judge the attacks of November 13, therefore extended this list: the jihadists Jean-Michel Clain (presumed dead), Fabien Clain (presumed dead), Oussama Atar (sponsor of the attacks, presumed dead) and , therefore, Salah Abdeslam were sentenced to irreducible life imprisonment.

They have ten days to appeal.

Source: leparis

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