Europe 1 with AFP 4:16 p.m., June 29, 2022

Loïk Le Priol and Romain Bouvier, in pre-trial detention for the March murder of former Argentinian rugby player Federico Martin Arramburu, were sentenced on Wednesday in Paris to two and three years in prison for the violent attack in 2015 of the former leader of a far-right group. 

Loïk Le Priol and Romain Bouvier, in pre-trial detention for the March murder of former Argentinian rugby player Federico Martin Arramburu, were sentenced on Wednesday in Paris to two and three years in prison for the violent attack in 2015 of the former leader of a far-right group. 

Four years in prison, two of which are closed

Their three co-defendants were sentenced to sentences ranging from two years suspended to five years including two years closed, the Paris court retaining for all the aggravating circumstance of premeditation.

In October 2015, they slapped, kicked and punched Edouard K., former leader of the Union Defense Group (GUD), at his home, threatened him with a knife and then forced him to undress. and dancing, while Loïk Le Priol filmed the scene.

This ultra-right activist, ex-marine commando, was sentenced to four years in prison, two of which are firm, the president of the court attributing to him "a central position in fact".

Seriousness of "physical violence" and "humiliation"

The court compared the "futile reasons" for this "punitive expedition" with the seriousness of the "physical violence", the "humiliation" and the "considerable repercussions" in the life of the victim.

It was a question of "washing attacks on honor and narcissistic wounds as part of collective punishment", summed up the president.

The sentence, however, takes into account the "altered discernment" of Loïk Le Priol at the time of the facts, recognized by the psychiatric expertise, the ex-marine commando having been repatriated a few months earlier from a mission in the special forces. due to post-traumatic stress.

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Loïk Le Priol's lawyer "generally satisfied" with this sentence

As for Romain Bouvier, described by the victim as "one of the most violent" during the attack, he was given the heaviest sentence, five years in prison, three of which are closed.

Their sentence is accompanied by an obligation to treat, work and compensate the victim for two years, as well as the prohibition to carry a weapon for five years.

Both sporting a light shirt and a short beard from the box, they nodded when the president asked them if they understood the sentence, before discussing with their lawyers.

Loïk Le Priol's lawyer, Me Xavier Nogueras, declared himself "rather satisfied overall" with this sentence, below the requisitions.

During the hearing, on June 1, the prosecutor had requested five years in prison against Romain Bouvier and Logan Djian, four years against Loïk Le Priol (given the alteration of discernment), and five years including two firm for Kleber V. and Geoffrey L. The three defendants who appeared free were not present at the statement of the deliberation.

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