Two police officers were sentenced Wednesday in immediate appearance in Marseille respectively to four years and 18 months in prison for the illegal arrest of a young Afghan refugee, abandoned 30 km further in a vacant lot where he claims to have been hit.
They were imprisoned after the conviction for kidnapping and forcible confinement, forgery and willful violence. The third member of this motorway CRS crew, a young woman, security assistant, was given a one-year suspended prison sentence by the Marseille Criminal Court. CCTV cameras had captured the muscular arrest of Jamshed, a 27-year-old Afghan, holder of a residence permit, on April 12 on the Old Port of Marseille.
"These police officers" were not worthy of their uniform "
The police, who intervened as part of the containment control, suspected him of having spit on two passers-by who allegedly refused him a cigarette. It had been thrown against the police vehicle after an arm key and then placed inside. According to the security assistant who carried out the handcuffing, the skipper, Brigadier Michel Provenzano, 46, "got angry from there". Officials mention fingers of honor and invective. The young man had been transported on an isolated ground to Châteauneuf-les-Martigues, about thirty kilometers from Marseille where, still according to the security assistant, he would have received "a punch or a slap", contested blows by his two colleagues.
The two men then wrote a false report indicating that they left the young refugee at the police station. The sentence of four years in prison, against Mr. Provenzano, is higher than the three years required by the prosecutor Virginie Tavanti according to which these police officers "were not worthy of their uniform". The 18-month prison sentence imposed on his colleague Mathieu Coelho is in line with the requisitions.