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While the trial of 19 folks, together with the previous mayor of Canteleu (Seine-Maritime), within the context of huge drug trafficking has already fallen per week not on time, one of many predominant defendants has not been capable of seem once more on Wednesday for well being causes, so he might be tried at a later date. And the trial was as soon as once more suspended, to the good dismay of the magistrates.

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Difficulties multiply at Canteleu's trial. Burdened with procedural requests, the Bobigny court docket as soon as once more suspended on Wednesday June 5, till Monday, the huge drug trafficking trial within the small city of Canteleu (Seine-Maritime).

Ten days after the official begin of the listening to, on May 27, the Seine-Saint-Denis prison court docket was barely capable of start inspecting the info in opposition to the 19 defendants, together with the ex-mayor of town. They seem for a month in reference to important trafficking in cocaine, heroin and hashish, suspected of being run by the formidable Meziani clan.

The prosecutor says she is “a little tired” of those requests

Punctuated by suspensions, Wednesday was as soon as once more confiscated by questions of group and process, to the good annoyance of the magistrates.

Due to his hospitalization, the legal professionals of one of many alleged leaders of the community, Montacer Meziani, in pre-trial detention for the reason that dragnet of October 2021, obtained the severance of his case from the trial, of which he’s nonetheless the one of many bridgeheads.

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The battalion of protection legal professionals then went all out, attacking this disjunction and multiplying requests for referral accordingly. Requests that the court docket ended up rejecting en bloc originally of the night earlier than suspending the listening to till Monday “for the serenity of the debates”.

Saying she was “a little tired” of those infinite requests, the prosecutor castigated “purely dilatory requests” supposed “so that we cannot judge the case”.

If no judgment is rendered by mid-July on this case, the three folks in pre-trial detention will probably be launched.

The constraints of justice “seem to be of greater interest than the state of health of my client”, regretted to AFP the lawyer of Montacer Meziani, Me Hugues Vigier, denouncing a “hard-line position “.

One of the primary defendants might be launched with out being tried

When it resumes on Monday, two weeks of the listening to out of the 4 deliberate can have handed. The court docket was solely in a position at this stage to recall the info and query a single defendant.

A medical experience should be submitted on Monday to seek out out if Montacer Meziani, 37, suspected of being on the head of the group along with his brother Aziz, may be tried individually by July 11.

After this date, he would actually be mechanically launched as a result of expiry of the authorized deadlines authorizing his continued pre-trial detention, the six-month mark for the reason that order sending him again to the prison court docket would then be crossed.

Justice fears that after exterior, the accused will discover refuge in Morocco like his brother, judged in his absence. Aziz Meziani put himself past the attain of French authorities by leaving the nation through the investigation.

Canteleu's drug trafficking trial opened with per week's suspension attributable to a cassation attraction.

With AFP