After two and a half weeks of trial before the Assize Court of Haute-Garonne, it is this Thursday that the seven defendants will know the verdict. The requisitions up to life imprisonment for the organizer and the alleged shooter of what is presented by the prosecution as a settling of accounts between drug traffickers. For others, the sentences requested by the Advocate General range from 5, 8, 10, 15 to 20 years.
In July 2017 in Toulouse Reynerie district, a man disguised as a woman dressed in a burqa had pulled a Kalashnikov out of a stroller and fired at least 30 times, killing one and injuring seven.
The seven defendants deny any involvement
Master Christian Etelin represents one of the collateral victims of this shooting, a man of forty painful years who received several bullets in the legs and chest. Even if all the defendants deny their involvement in the facts, he hopes for a conviction: “_The civil parties are anxious to finish, their conviction is that the two main defendants in the box are guilty because they have lived the neighborhood , they know who is doing quo_i “. The lawyer insists: “It’s the Bagatelle / Reynerie fight, there is traffic, competition, a market, it is the reality of trafficking, if necessary it involves crime“.
Master Karim Bouguessa represents the alleged shooter, a 48-year-old Lyonnais who would have been recruited by the Bagatelle clan to shoot down its target. He says his client has nothing to do with this story: “He finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is far from being the shooter, nothing allows us to consider that he was recruited to perform a contract, he claims his innocence, on the eve of the verdict we are distressed because the the stakes are high. “
The verdict is expected this Thursday around 5 p.m.