the pinnacle of the CCAT and a number of other separatists despatched to pre-trial detention in mainland France | EUROtoday

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Christian Tein, head of the Field Action Coordination Unit (CCAT), in New Caledonia, June 14, 2024.

Their legal professionals can't consider it themselves. The members of the Field Action Coordination Unit (CCAT), referred on Saturday June 22 within the morning to the Nouméa court docket to be heard by an investigating decide, then by the decide of freedoms and detention, have been notified their pre-trial detention in France. They needed to take a specifically chartered airplane through the night time, certain for Riom (Puy-de-Dôme), Bourges, Dijon, Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) and even Blois. 17,000 kilometers from residence. The decide of freedoms and detention refused the publicity of the proceedings, so these are advices “stunned” who got here out of the courtroom one after the other, to announce the information to equally shocked households.

Considered the chief of the CCAT, Christian Tein, 56, was despatched to the Mulhouse remand heart. Brenda Wanabo, accountable for communications for the group, in Dijon.

Me Pierre Ortet, Christian Tein's lawyer, says “stunned” by a call “which is exceptional, and on which we have not been able to debate”. “At no time was imprisonment in mainland France mentioned during the debates. This was announced to my client during the deliberations. Too late to argue”confirms Me Thomas Gruet, counsel to Brenda Wanabo. The younger girl leaves three youngsters in New Caledonia, certainly one of whom might be 4 years previous in a couple of days. “It is clear that his family will not be able to travel to visit him”regrets Thomas Gruet, who will enchantment, like his colleagues.

“The dice were loaded in advance”

The legal professionals are all of the extra shocked as transfers to mainland France, that are extraordinarily uncommon and often contain convicted prisoners who’re prepared to depart, take a really very long time to arrange and may take as much as a number of months. “There, is there already a plane ready to take them? It is impossible that such logistics were not decided even before the hearings”think about certainly one of them.

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“In my opinion, in this affair, the dice were loaded in advance, adds Me Stéphane Bonomo. I have the impression that the judge of freedoms and detention had a prior list of remand centers in mainland France and that the assignment is done haphazardly. For me, it was a foregone conclusion. » Me Christelle Affoue is concerned about the rights of the defense, “with our clients in mainland France and us here, it will be very complicated to organize a correct defense.”

The eleven activists have been taken into custody on Wednesday June 19. They are accused of being the sponsors of the violence which has left 9 folks useless in New Caledonia since May 13 and at the least 1.5 billion euros in injury. Accusations denied by these involved, who current themselves as “freedom fighters” and have all the time publicly known as for peaceable mobilization. Their supporters denounce, for his or her half, the fancy of “colonial justice” dealing with activists, a few of whom are established figures within the independence sphere.

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