• Denouncing "crimes of exceptional gravity", the Advocate General asked for a sharp increase in the sentences at the appeal trial of nine men accused of having participated in the kidnapping of Jacqueline Veyrac.

  • The most severe sentences were required against the trio of kidnappers: 20 years' imprisonment against Ali Gueffaz and Bassem Ben Fekih, 25 years against Wajdi Ben Hamroun.

  • In January 2021, they were sentenced to fourteen years' imprisonment for the first two, fifteen years for the third.

Before the Assize Court of Appeal of Aix-en-Provence on Tuesday, the Advocate General struck hard in her requisitions, much stronger than the Assize Court of the Alpes-Maritimes, in the first instance.

Denouncing "crimes of exceptional gravity", Marie-Laure Ferrier asked for a sharp increase in the sentences at the new trial of nine men accused of having participated in the kidnapping of Jacqueline Veyrac, a wealthy heiress owner of prestigious establishments on the Côte d' Azure, in 2016.

The most severe sentences were required against the trio of kidnappers: 20 years' imprisonment against Ali Gueffaz and Bassem Ben Fekih, 25 years against Wajdi Ben Hamroun.

“You shut up where I bump into you!

“, would have launched the latter to the then 76-year-old victim, to whom the kidnappers had refused a bucket of ease during the two days of his sequestration, in Nice, in the trunk of a utility.

In January 2021, they were sentenced to fourteen years' imprisonment for the first two, fifteen years for the third.

“He needed a culprit, it was Jacqueline Veyrac”

The appeal trial is held without Giuseppe Serena, considered to be the sponsor of the kidnapping and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

If his case was disjointed for health issues, it was he who was still at the heart of the debates.

"It all starts with the megalomania of [this restaurateur], eaten away by delusions of grandeur" and to whom Jacqueline Veyrac had entrusted the management of an establishment, pleaded the victim's lawyer.

This Italian had quickly collapsed in debt and “did not support his fall”.

“He needed a culprit, it was Jacqueline Veyrac”, decided Me Luc Febbraro.

The prosecution also requested 25 years in prison against Philip Dutton, the “tireless organizer of this revenge”.

This Briton, who lived in a homeless home in Jersey, "left everything, giving in to the patter of a huckstering Italian" to take "revenge for a failed life", according to the general counsel.

He had been sentenced to fourteen years in prison.

Fifteen years required against an ex-paparazzi turned private detective

Against Luc Goursolas, ex-paparazzi converted into a private detective, Marie-Laure Ferrier claimed fifteen years, for complicity in kidnapping and kidnapping.

The Assize Court had only sentenced him to two years in prison, one of which was suspended, for non-denunciation of a crime.

It was he who had placed beacons under the victim's vehicle, but under the sole pretext of an alleged adultery investigation, he always explained.

Eight years in prison were requested against Salim Bousbia, who would have put the organizers of the kidnapping in contact with the trio of performers, from the Moulins district of Nice.

The same sentence was requested against Achraf M'Hamdi, acquitted at first instance.

According to the Advocate General, her participation in this kidnapping would be demonstrated by the presence of her DNA in the vehicle in which Jacqueline Veyrac had been sequestered.

Finally, five-year sentences, three of which were suspended, were requested against two defendants tried for criminal association.

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