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|SUBJECT : VERDICT PROCESS MÉRAH|
Paris on November 3rd 2017
It is with great disappointment that the Confederation of Jews of France and Friends of Israel has taken cognizance of the verdict pronounced this Thursday, November 2nd by the judges of the Court of Assizes Special condemns Abdelkader Mérah to 20 years of imprisonment, s thus departing from the submissions of the Advocate General who rightly claimed life imprisonment.
The Court held the accused responsible for criminal conspiracy in connection with a terrorist enterprise while surprise, and given his own motives, she did not retain the complicity of murder.
In our judicial system, criminal conviction is the "public saying" to reaffirm the strongest values of society and to regenerate the social pact by assigning everyone the rightful place: victims, defendants and representatives of the "French people"!
This "public saying" is pronounced in the name of the "French people"! But who can believe that this decision of professional magistrates reflects "the intimate conviction" of the immense majority of the French people?
Complaint and pain of the victim, responsibility of the guilty party and both symbolic and dissuasive power of the law must be simultaneously recognized by the sentencing. These are the fundamentals of our judicial system!
Do we find these elements in this judgment? We do not think so !
And given the reactions in the courtroom and the applause of the followers of Merah when pronouncing the Verdict, one can only doubt the deterrent aspect of it.
Moreover, this trial was intended to be that of terrorism, the first of its kind since the emergence of "Islamist terrorism", and as a result, it was intended to dissuade those who succumbed to the siren song of Jihad; However, we are not convinced that this verdict has reached its goal because not only this decision leaves the victims with a bitter feeling of frustration, but above all it leaves the sad impression "that we did not dare to go last "so as not to displease anyone.
The mildness of this verdict, ambiguous or interpreted as such by the followers of terrorism, could be of a nature to give a very bad signal to the terrorist apprentices, envoûtés by a radical Islam conquering and which appears, in their eyes, invincible.
As a result, the Confederation of Jews in France and Friends of Israel can only rejoice at the decision of the Public Prosecutor's Office to appeal this decision.
The public prosecutor has, indeed, rightly considered that the special Assize Court of Paris had not "Not drawn all the legal consequences of the facts submitted to him" and one could add by misapplying the Court's own motives.
Let's hope that the next trial will provide the necessary clarifications and will be up to the challenge.
Richard C. ABITBOL