First sanction after the Music Festival in Nantes. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced Friday (September 13th) that the commissioner in charge of operations on the evening of the disappearance of Steve Maia Caniço - at the Music Festival in Nantes on June 21st - was transferred to " a job without responsibility for maintaining order, pending the outcome of the "judicial" investigation.
The Minister made this announcement on the day of the publication of the report of the Inspectorate General of Administration (IGA). The body, attached to the Ministry of the Interior for which it carries out a "superior control" mission including the action of the prefects, had been seized by the government on July 30 to evaluate "the arrangements for the preparation of concerts sound systems by checking the arrangements made for the safety of the participants (...) and the dimensioning of the police and rescue devices ".
In part of this report, the IGA, while underlining that the police intervention was "legitimate", states that "the management of safety devices and rescue leads to question the relevance of certain choices operated platform Wilson (where Steve Maia Caniço disappeared, Ed) and to note a lack of discernment in the conduct of the police intervention ".
The body also recalls that a "comparable event" had occurred at the 2017 Music Festival "without giving rise to a police intervention of the same kind". The police then made the choice of a tactical retreat rather than that of an intervention against "the teufers" last June. And during those two evenings, the same chief of the general surveillance apparatus was at the maneuver.
However, the commissioner is not the only one questioned by the IGA, who points out that "neither the prefect nor his collaborators, nor the sub-prefect of permanence were informed of the incidents at night", any more than the city of Nantes.
"This report is interesting, it confirms what we (the Freeform and Media'son associations, which accompany electronic music events, Editor's note) and the 89 people who complained, say that there were clearly Disproportions and dysfunctions in the intervention of the police ", explains Samuel Raymond, director of Freeform, contacted by France 24." This problem is factored de facto with the transfer of the commissioner in charge of the operations. "
A telephone demarcation that contradicts the IGPN version
The family of Steve Maia Caniço goes in the same direction and had a "reaction of relief" after the release of the report of the IGA, as explained Friday his lawyer Franceinfo. Me Cécile de Oliveira also added that "this element of an acknowledgment of responsibility is obviously important for Steve's family".
This report was expected just over a month after the release of the report's controversial report by the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) in late July.
The Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, had relied on this work of police police to affirm: "In the light of the facts known today, I quote, 'it can not be established link between the intervention forces police and the disappearance of Steve Maia Caniço '. " The IGPN, in its synthesis, explained this lack of causality by the fact that the phone of Steve Maia Caniço "(triggered) a last relay call at 3:16 am on June 22, 2019", time of the last SMS sent. The police intervention at Wilson Quay, meanwhile, took place around 4:20 am
A version that was defeated by an article of the Chained Duck published on September 11th. The satirical weekly reports on the ongoing investigations of the judicial police, which established that the laptop Steve Maia Caniço "bounded" quay Wilson during the intervention of the police, the last demarcation having taken place "at 4:33 ". Sources close to the investigation confirmed this information to AFP, reinforcing the vagueness about the circumstances of the fall of the young man in the Loire.
On Friday, when the conclusions of the IGA report were released, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said of Steve Maia Caniço: "The truth is that no one can say at this stage, with certainty, how he is dead, I do not exclude anything. "