The fire had completely destroyed the town hall. Fifteen people were indicted after setting fire to the town hall of Persan (Val-d'Oise) and damaging the municipal police station during the riots that followed the death of Nahel at the end of June, announced Saturday the prosecutor of Pontoise. The defendants have all been placed under judicial control, says prosecutor Pierre Sennès who did not wish to specify their ages or provide further details.
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Arrested Tuesday at their homes, they were indicted on charges of destruction in an organized gang of the property of others by a means dangerous to people, participation in a criminal association for the preparation of a crime, participation in a group formed for the preparation of violence against persons or destruction or damage to property.
More than 2000 people tried
The town hall of Persan, located about sixty kilometers west of Paris, was "completely destroyed by fire as part of the urban riots as well as the neighboring municipal police station" on the night of June 30, said the Pontoise prosecutor's office, in a statement.
As of August 1, 2107 people have been tried, 1989 have been sentenced, 90% of whom "to imprisonment", according to the Ministry of Justice.