And there were only six left. Of the 100 arrests announced after the chaos around the Stade de France on Saturday 28 May, the 48 police officers counted on Monday morning, the “Hordes of city thugs” six Remain these six men, aged 21 to 39, who are marching in front of the Bobigny Correctional Court on Tuesday, May 31, for theft of phones, watches or a torn necklace. of the Stade de France. “All other guards have been removed”precisely the parquet.
Osama K. is the first to be sentenced during this afternoon of overcrowded hearing. Yellow mask under his chin, curly hair, he recounts this evening during which he tried to enter the stadium, without a ticket, to attend the Champions League final. Once, twice, three times. Unsuccessful. And in the aftermath of the match, on the quais bondés of line 13 of the subway, here he is handing the pocket of an English supporter. It will be called a few seconds later, after you have picked it up on your English phone.
Osama K. is 24 years old and lives between a tent under a bridge and an occasionally rented room, when his UberEats deliveries allow him to earn a few warm days. He is undocumented, so in order to be able to work, he still leases an account on the platform for 100 euros per month. « The exceptional advantages of the start-up nation », slides his lawyer, Loïc Le Quellec. Son client, who can’t read or write, recently swapped his scooter for a bike and a few tickets. Every month, he sends a hundred euros to his mother and four siblings, who have remained in Algeria.
A little over a year ago, Osama K. arrived in France by boat because he loved Paris, imagined finding a job, and his family ate only one meal a day in Algeria. The translator translates his plea into Arabic: “Give me any sentence, but not prison.” » He promises to “From France”, that we will not resume doing this. Her locker was blank until then. “Anyway, you left France because you had to”releases the president of the court, pronouncing four letters recently added to his file by the prefecture: “OQTF”, for the obligation to leave French territory.
An “international business”
The prosecutor gets up to talk about one “Disorderly conduct beyond the scope of the hearing”they “Particular context” and the “International dimension” of the case. It requires ten months in prison with a warrant. The room holds its breath. Ten months in prison with immediate release from prison for a phone theft by a first-time offender, the defense attorney is stunned. But since we have to talk about “context”Me The Quellec does not pray: “Can the statements of the Ministry of the Interior be taken into account in this context: would this be the fault of the English supporters first and then the fault of those supporters?” Maybe the story could be a little more nuanced? »
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