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” VSIt’s nothing, it’s a film,” said the driver of a black Golf to two stunned witnesses, in which the author of the bloody shooting which had just occurred in the car park was about to get. Bastia Poretta airport (Haute-Corse), this December 5, 2017. A few meters further, two barons of island banditry lie on the ground, in a pool of blood.

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The driver's phrases will in the end not be only a diversion, because the affair which unfolded on the finish of this morning has nourished the fiction. It impressed a book-investigation, primarily based on the instruction, and above all a movie, Borgoshrouded in a controversial aura which by no means ceases to maintain the island in suspense, on the eve of a trial which guarantees to be resounding.

For two months, beginning on May 6, the jurors of the Bouches-du-Rhône Assize Court will look right into a vendetta ripened within the minds of orphans consumed by a reheated hatred. The one which precipitated the violent dying of Antoine Quilichini, referred to as “Tony the Butcher”, 49 years previous, and Jean-Luc Codaccioni, 54 years previous, each focused in entrance of the terminal by a closely armed and well-informed commando. The first, shot no less than 21 instances, had been launched from jail two weeks earlier. In an armored BMW, he got here to choose up his pal, who had simply gotten off the airplane from Paris, who was as a result of return to Borgo jail (Upper Corsica) that very same night, after 5 days of go away.

“A new stage in Corsican criminal history”

In their indictment order, that Point was in a position to seek the advice of, the judges of the specialised interregional jurisdiction (Jirs) of Marseille refer 16 accused to justice. According to the magistrates, these are the perpetrators and accomplices of this double assassination, and round ten associates “with unwavering loyalty”, who would have contributed to the belief of this prison challenge. The investigation will shortly establish among the many protagonists of this situation worthy of a noir novel the involvement of a guard from Borgo jail, Cathy Sénéchal.

Posted on the remand heart for 2 years, this mom of 5 kids designated the 2 victims of the commando with a “kiss.” » By kissing Jean-Luc Codaccioni and Antoine Quilichini within the parking zone, this 48-year-old matron would have given the beginning of the operation, in response to the judges. In this atypical case, described as “a new stage in Corsican criminal history”, the magistrates attribute a “central role” to Christophe Guazzelli, 32 years previous. That of the shooter whose face was lined by a latex masks.

With his brother Richard, 34, offered because the “co-director of this criminal investigation”, additionally dismissed for “organized gang assassination”, he would have plotted this double murder to avenge the dying of their father, Francis Guazzelli, killed by a heavy hearth whereas he was driving his 4X4 to go looking one morning in November 2009. The assassination of this pillar of the so-called “Sea Breeze” gang, which reigned supreme over Haute- Corsica till the tip of the 2000s was, in response to the magistrates, a part of a sequence of settling of scores between rival gangs within the island atmosphere.

“We take revenge like the greats of this world”

Although the 2 brothers most well-liked to stay silent through the investigation, the investigators managed – by way of an unprecedented pc feat on the time – to get their telephones to speak. The messages exchanged by the protagonists on this affair, all outfitted with PGP telephones, then deemed inviolable, have been in a position to be decrypted by the police. In writings traced by investigators, Christophe Guazzelli is delighted to have “brought down two godfathers”. He even claims this vendetta from one other accused, Ange-Marie Michelosi, whose father was additionally killed, in July 2008, on the south shore of the Gulf of Ajaccio: “We take revenge like the greats of this world . »

The one whom justice describes as the central character of this criminal project even goes so far as to give details of the minutes preceding the assassinations. He welcomes this in messages to Jacques Mariani, a figure of island banditry, whose father, Francis, founder of La Brise de mer, was killed in January 2009 in the strange explosion of a hangar, in Casevecchie (Upper Corsica). “I will explain to you, brother, I have revenge,” writes Christophe Guazzelli. Nobody believed in me. Now that I’ve restored all its energy to “your Breeze”, you possibly can communicate in my identify. »

Detained on the time of the occasions, Jacques Mariani, 58 years previous, greater than 35 of whom spent behind bars, was additionally despatched to courtroom for “criminal conspiracy”. He would have performed, in response to the judges, a job of advising and designating different victims in what’s offered as the primary act of an unlimited challenge to remove the opposing clan, positioned below the patronage of a baron of the Corso-African thugocracy, Jean-Luc Germani, of whom the 2 victims have been kin.

A challenge to “eradiate” the Germani clan

A challenge that the magistrates of the Jirs describe in the long run of the 386 pages of their indictment order: “Due to the disappearance of their fathers, which they attribute to the members of the Germani clan, Richard and Christophe Guazzelli, Ange- Marie Michelosi and Jacques Mariani, helped by others, were concerned to avenge the losses of their loved ones and to organize not only the assassinations of important members [de ce gang criminel], but also to proceed with its total eradication. »

After Jean-Luc Codaccioni and Antoine Quilichini, other homicides were planned against the Germani clan. A related case, judged in June 2022 by the Marseille criminal court, shed light on the organization of vast drug trafficking, supposed to allow the financing of the flight of people concerned by the commission of these assassinations. After the double homicide in Poretta, the guard was notably commissioned to poison in his cell another presumed member of the opposing clan, Stéphane Luciani, then detained in Borgo.

In the exchanges traced via PGP, there is also talk of assassinating Paul Canarelli, owner of the luxurious Murtoli estate, a pillar of the African gang, Frédéric Federici, or even Jean-Luc Germani himself. The arrest of the “orphans” of the Sea Breeze may have put an finish to this disastrous challenge. During their interrogations, the protagonists of the double assassination remained silent. Will they break it on the listening to?