A second suspect, suspected of having participated in the attack on three plainclothes police officers on July 20 in the Guillotière district of Lyon, was indicted on August 1, AFP learned from the Lyon prosecutor’s office.
This suspect, whose age has not been specified, was indicted for “aggravated willful violence against a police officer”, according to the prosecution. “He requested a delay to prepare his defense in the context of the debate relating to his pre-trial detention required by the prosecution and the investigating judge”, which will take place on July 4, the prosecution told AFP.
“In the meantime, he has been the subject of a provisional incarceration,” the same source added.
A foreigner in an irregular situation already imprisoned
On July 26, a first 26-year-old suspect had already been indicted, on the same count, and placed in pre-trial detention. In an irregular situation, without a criminal record, he “did not dispute the facts” and “presented his apologies”, had indicated to AFP Me Laurent Bohé, lawyer for the victims.
Two police officers were injured on the evening of July 20 while trying with a colleague to arrest a person suspected of theft, in the middle of a crowd who violently attacked them. On a video posted on social networks, we can see three plainclothes police officers, two men and a woman, being beaten and thrown by projectiles in front of the entrance to a convenience store in the sensitive Guillotière district.
An expulsion unrelated to the case assumed
A first suspect had first been arrested and then exonerated. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin reacted on Twitter after the arrest of this first suspect, also a foreigner, indicating that he would be expelled.
Once this one was out of the question, he had written, in a second tweet: “In connection with the events or not, known for many questionings […] this individual has no place in our country.”
On July 30, Gérald Darmanin, during a visit to Lyon where he notably met, in the prefecture, residents of La Guillotière and the three police officers attacked, had insisted on the need to strengthen the procedures aimed at deporting “delinquent foreigners”. .
In a letter sent on August 1 to the mayor of Lyon, Gérald Darmanin, who will return to Lyon on September 5, reiterated his criticisms of mayor Grégory Doucet (EELV) on security issues. He notably asked him for an increase in the number of municipal police, “which need to be considerably reinforced”, and an expansion of the sectors covered by video surveillance.
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