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At the tip of a tense and emotional trial, Ilias Akoudad, assassin of brigadier Éric Masson on a deal level within the coronary heart of Avignon in 2021, was sentenced on Friday to 30 years of felony imprisonment. This sentence is accompanied by a safety interval of 20 years.

A verdict of “appeasement”. Ilias Akoudad, assassin of brigadier Éric Masson on a deal level within the coronary heart of Avignon in 2021, was sentenced on Friday 1er March to 30 years of felony imprisonment.

This sentence, accompanied by a safety interval of 20 years, is definitely heavy for the accused, aged solely 22. But it isn’t an “elimination sentence” as life imprisonment would have been, welcomed considered one of his attorneys, Mr.e Frank Berton.

When the president of the Vaucluse Assize Court introduced the sentence, Ilias Akoudad remained frozen in his field, biting his lips in order to not react. In entrance of him, a room filled with cops, some with their BAC – anti-crime brigade – vests in a row on the again.

Because this resolution was eagerly awaited by the career, which had been one with the household throughout the two weeks of listening to.

“Justice has been served”

Marc Masson, the sufferer's father, himself retired from the police, expressed his satisfaction that the irritating circumstance of homicide of a police officer had been retained, in a short assertion to the press: “Justice has been served, the conviction seems fair to us. Regardless, I remain a father who lost his son. We remain with our sadness, there are no winners, only losers.”

Perhaps even this resolution is a “verdict of appeasement”, dared Mr.e Berton, with out saying whether or not or not his consumer will enchantment. Me Élise Arfi, one other lawyer for the accused, additionally welcomed “a good verdict, which allows the police officers to be recognized in their capacity as police officers” and “does not close all the doors” for Ilias Akoudad.

This resolution was commented on on the prime of the State, with the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, estimating on X that “justice has been done”.

Symbolically, the courtroom due to this fact doesn’t pronounce the life sentence required by the legal professional basic, Florence Galtier, who had requested life imprisonment with a safety interval of twenty-two years. Because, for her, Éric Masson, 36 years outdated, father of two little ladies, had been “executed without warning, by an individual drunk with violence, proud of the gesture accomplished”.

“I wanted to look good”

On May 5, 2021, round 6 p.m., Éric Masson was on an strange surveillance operation at a deal level in Avignon. With Romain, a colleague, they’re in civilian garments once they come throughout Ilias Akoudad, a small-time repeat drug supplier who dropped out of faculty at 14.

Monday, after virtually three years of denials, he lastly admitted, within the face of a damning case, to having shot Éric Masson. But, he firmly assured, he had taken him for a drug supplier. “I’m an idiot, I wanted to look good.”

During the hearings, the prosecution and the protection engaged in a bitter battle round this significant level: Did Ilias Akoudad know that Éric Masson was a police officer? Did the brigadier have his armband on, had he shouted “police”? The courtroom due to this fact thought of sure, even when President Roger Arata didn’t element his motivations.

However, the trial is not going to have answered one query: why did Ilias Akoudad shoot that day? At the listening to, the primary accused assured that that day, he had not notably consumed medication, and that after the capturing, it was “total panic”.

The land, “I will never go back there”

The police unions, additionally current however discreet, dealing with civil events who didn’t need any restoration, had been additionally glad on Friday, after the epilogue of a tragedy which had provoked anger of their ranks. Since then, the regulation has been strengthened and the homicide of an individual holding public authority is now punishable by the utmost penalty.

The different two defendants had been discovered responsible of serving to the assassin in his escape: Ayoub Abdi, 23, was sentenced to 3 years in jail with a committal warrant, and Ismaël Boujti, 24, to 2 years in jail. .

In any case, this drama broke up Eric Masson's intervention group, cops who are actually damaged, like Romain: “I'm still a police officer, that's what fills my fridge”, however the discipline, “I I'll never go back.”

Eric Masson's sister, Fanny, within the narcotics squad on the time, now not needs to listen to about it, even when she stays a police officer. Only his brother Jean-Michel remained in an investigation division.

With AFP