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the amnesia of the prison administration on the violence of Franck Elong Abé

By presenting Franck Elong Abé, 36, as an almost uneventful prisoner since his arrival at the central house in Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône), did the prison administration seek to conceal the true behavior of the prisoner? former jihadist in Afghanistan, indicted for the assassination of Yvan Colonna on March 2?

Several internal documents of the institution, including The world was able to read, paint the portrait of a prisoner whose course of execution of sentence was enamelled with incidents, violence and threats, far from the assertions of Corinne Puglierini, former director of the central of Arles. Auditioned by the law commission of the national assembly, Thursday, March 30, with his successor Marc Ollier, Corinne Puglierini had described the profile of an individual without notable roughness. On this occasion, she had only conceded a few sprains to the rules and endorsed the observations made by the speakers specializing in the establishment of a religious withdrawal.

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The ex-director, who left office in Arles on February 17, less than three weeks before the assassination of Yvan Colonna, could she ignore his pranks? Everything is recorded, black on white, in incident reports, disciplinary committee reports, staff observations, etc.

29 facts listed

Thus, July 17, 2020. It has been barely two and a half months since Franck Elong Abé left the isolation unit where he was placed when he arrived in Arles in October 2019. He was respectful, courteous , disciplined. But that day, at 9 a.m., he headbutted a fellow prisoner for a banal story of “poor understanding of the use of a garden hose” during a training session in the maintenance of green spaces. ” A reflex “, pleads the former jihadist before a disciplinary committee before promising to keep quiet. But the following December 10, he blocked the courtyard, seized a stick as a weapon and smashed neon lights, projectors and telephone booth.

Thirteen days after his arrival in Arles, on October 30, 2019, the probation and penitentiary insertion service had also recalled the prison career of prisoner number 578, “strewn with disciplinary acts of all kinds” : 29 facts in total listed since his brief hostage-taking in the specially equipped hospital unit of Seclin (North) in 2015, during which he had sequestered a nurse, threatened with an artisanal punch. On March 30, the deputies were also surprised by the Arles miracle: an unmanageable prisoner everywhere else, from the prison of Nantes to that of Vendin-le-Vieil (Pas-de-Calais), suddenly become as gentle as a lamb. “Respectful”, “courteous” and “polite” as M repeatedme Puglierini.

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