The conclusions of the two inspections carried out to shed light on the failures in the judicial chain after the assassination of Chahinez by her ex-spouse in Mérignac have been made public.

They point to a series of dysfunctions, from the prison where the man was imprisoned until his release. 

The government has made public the conclusions of the two inspections carried out to shed light on the failures in the judicial chain after the assassination of Chahinez by her ex-husband in Mérignac.

The 31-year-old had been burned alive in the middle of the street.

Her husband Mounir had already been sentenced to 18 months in prison for domestic violence last June, he was the subject of a new complaint for violence since March 15.

Police, justice and prison administration, many dysfunctions have punctuated the entire penal chain.

The 27-page report is damning. 

Harassment from his cell 

None of the safety nets worked.

And it starts in prison.

From his cell, Mounir continues to harass his wife by mail and telephone.

Chahinez files a complaint but her spouse nevertheless benefits from a modification of the sentence.

She is not even notified of her release from prison.

On March 15, she filed a complaint against him after a violent assault in the parking lot of a supermarket.

The police officer who receives it sends a document, illegible and incomplete, to the prosecution.

Result: a poor assessment of the danger.


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An investigation is well underway, but the report clearly points out that the police have not done everything to find this man who continues to intimidate his wife.

They did not take any steps, for example, with his employer, while he was working on a construction site.

And when the police contact his prison adviser, they don't think to ask him what the next scheduled appointment is.

The counselor does not warn them either when he sees the suspect twice after this exchange.

Mounir should have been arrested during these interviews.

The spouse had gone to the police station 

At no time did Chahinez benefit from special protection.

However, during a steering committee for the attribution of the "serious danger telephone" on March 18, the case of Chahinez was raised.

The policewoman present at the meeting was not aware of her complaint or of the search notice aimed at her spouse: the young woman will therefore not be equipped.


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Finally on March 29, Mounir presented himself at the Mérignac police station.

He complains of not seeing his children and causes a scandal.

A police officer then asks him to leave the premises.

It is the same official who received the complaint from his wife Chahinez, two weeks earlier.

But he does not know who he is dealing with, the computer at the reception of the police station not being connected to the file of people arrested.

If this had been the case Mounir would have been arrested.

Six measures announced 

In the wake of this report, the government announced six measures, including the creation of a national file of violent spouses to which all actors would have access to the police, justice and prison administration.

For the rest, the government is talking about deploying 3,000 serious danger phones and generalizing anti-reconciliation bracelets.

Today, there are only 92 women equipped out of 1,000 endowment bracelets in the courts of France.


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Certain recommendations of the report, however requested by the associations, are not taken up, such as the systematic advice to victims of the release of a violent spouse from prison or the systematic assessment of his dangerousness by an expert throughout the procedure.