Update: 3 released, 2 still in custody

December 2 2008

Railroad sabotage in France: three released

Two of the five arrested remain in custody suspected of being responsible for the damage caused on the railroad lines of the high speed train (TGV) at the end of October and early November.
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The Paris Court of Appeals ordered today the release of three people suspected of having been involved in recent actions which caused damage to the railroad lines of the high speed train (TGV). The Court remanded into custody two others, one of them the alleged leader of the group.

The examining chamber of the court of appeals decided to release Gabrielle H., Benjamin R. and Manon G, three of the five persons placed in police custody in relation to these incidents, indicated their lawyers Irene Terrel and Steeve Montagne.

The first, a young mother, was placed in police custody on November 15 by the anti-terrorism judge Thierry Fragnoli and charged with “destruction in conspiracy” and “criminal association related to a terrorist enterprise”. Benjamin R and his partner Manon G are being charged with “criminal association related to a terrorist enterprise”.

Thus the only ones still in police custody remain Julien C., presented as the head of the group suspected of being responsible for the damage caused to the railroad lines of the high speed train (TGV) at the end of October and early November, and his partner Yldune L, facing the same charges as Gabrielle H. The case of Yldune, who appealed her incarceration, was heard Tuesday afternoon by the examining chamber. The court issued its ruling on her appeal at the same time as it ruled on the cases of the four other young people who had been incarcerated.

Lawyer Irene Terrel, representing the three released and Julien C., declared “a relative victory”, considering the ruling a “pretty radical refutation of this entire procedure”. Four other people were also placed in police custody on November 15 for “criminal association related to a terrorist enterprise”, but were later released under judiciary control.

Source: Agence France Presse / AFP


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