Can there be a terrorist attack without it giving rise to a trial? This is the problem posed by the attack in Magnanville (Yvelines), in which a couple of police officers, Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and Jessica Schneider, were assassinated at their home with a knife by a radical Islamist, Larossi Abballa, on June 13. 2016. The atrocity of this crime had been increased tenfold by the presence on the spot of the child of the couple, aged at the time of three and a half years, and the fact that the terrorist had carried out a Facebook Live, live from the place of his crime and just after the assassinations, in which he declared in particular: “I just killed a policeman and I just killed his wife and behind me there is the little one. I don’t know what I’m going to do with him yet. » The child was finally found safe and sound after the intervention of the RAID, at midnight, during which the assailant was killed.
Mohamed Lamine Aberouz, the only accused – of “complicity in terrorist assassinations”, “kidnapping” and “criminal terrorist association” – in this case, contests his dismissal before the special assize court. His appeal against the indictment order of December 3, 2021 will be examined by the investigating chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal on Wednesday April 6.
The day after the events, the investigation was quickly directed towards the entourage of Larossi Abballa, 25, born in Meulan-en-Yvelines then having lived in the neighboring towns of Mureaux and Mantes-la-Jolie. Abballa was already known to justice for acts of terrorist radicalization. He was sentenced in 2013 for participating in a supply chain for jihadist fighters in the Afghan-Pakistani zone with eight other individuals. Radicalized in 2010 under the influence of Charaf Din Aberouz, whose family, also of Moroccan and Sahrawi origin, was close to the Abballa.
Two individuals remained in contact
The arrest of Charaf Din Aberouz, now 35, on his arrival in Pakistan in January 2011, triggered the investigation that uncovered this network. Immediately arrested, Larossi Abballa was charged and then sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, including a six-month suspended sentence, for having participated in the group with a view to carrying out jihad, having taken part in training sessions including the slaughter of rabbits and for carrying out searches to locate police stations using secure software.
Despite a communication ban, Larossi Abballa and Charaf Din Aberouz had remained in contact after their detention, respectively in September 2013 and November 2015. Neither of them had deviated from their jihadist ideology, reinforced by a favorable geopolitical context with the emergence of the Islamic State organization (IS), which had proclaimed a pseudo-caliphate, in June 2014, straddling Iraq and Syria.
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