A Parisian police officer working in BAC, five of his colleagues and two informers were sentenced to various prison terms and bans from exercising the function of police officer in a sprawling case of corruption and trafficking.
“Experienced delinquent acts” which “dirty” the police: on February 22, the court sentenced an official from an anti-crime brigade (BAC) in Paris to eight years’ imprisonment for passive corruption and drug trafficking in particular , and five of his colleagues received prison terms.
Ten days after the end of the trial, the court delivered its judgment in this case with drawers in which the main defendant, Karim M. said “Bylka” (kabyle in verlan), appeared alongside five police officers from his team and two informants. unofficial.
The court followed the prosecution’s requisitions by finding the 47-year-old brigadier guilty of the seven offenses with which he was accused, attaching his sentence to a definitive ban from practicing the profession of police officer.
“You deceived the judicial authority and betrayed the confidence of the police institution, sullied by these actions of a seasoned delinquent”, declared the president of the 16th correctional chamber, Isabelle Prévost-Desprez, to the address of the defendant, who remained impassive in his glass box, according to AFP.
Informal leader of a team of the BAC of the XVIIIe arrondissement, the baqueux nicknamed Bylka was condemned to have made take out an “insurance” to dealers of the district of the Goutte d’Or (known for its insecurity), granting its protection to some by letting them work, for a consideration.
He was also found guilty of having, in consultation with one of his informants, conveniently arrested in April 2017 two men with cocaine that did not belong to them, pocketing 80,000 euros in the process. Either the reign of “arbitrariness”, summed up the court.
Karim M. “made available to delinquents the powers granted by the Republic to the police officers by guaranteeing them impunity, by promoting their trafficking, by carrying out arrests on behalf and in the interest of delinquents and by committing false in public records ”, according to the court.
Karim M. disputes the facts of corruption and trafficking
The presiding judge continued to address Karim M.: “You have enriched yourself considerably by committing the money laundering offense”. The magistrate describes the policeman who became a “banker”, “carrying suitcases” or even “organizer of compensation operations”.
During the trial, Karim M. tirelessly contested any accusation of corruption and trafficking, citing police methods aimed at obtaining information, of which his superiors were aware. The ex-baqueux had however recognized the money laundering, claiming to ignore at the time to be in violation and to have only rendered “services” to friends unrelated to his profession.
Explanations “absolutely not credible”, however swept the court, which relied in particular on sound systems in the vehicles of the BAC and financial investigations.
“It is obvious that we are going to appeal this decision this afternoon, which we are totally contesting”, responded Patrick Maisonneuve, the civil servant’s lawyer, denouncing a “judgment based on statements” without ” demonstration”.
Considered to be the friend and assistant of Karim M. Bylka, Aaron B., 39, was sentenced to four years in prison, two of which were suspended for forgery and theft by a person holding public authority with, again , a definitive ban on practice. “You are not worthy to exercise the function of police officer”, assen the president while pronouncing this sentence, which is heavier than the 18 months firm requested by the prosecution.
A judgment qualified as disproportionate and “very unfair” for “small peacekeepers” who worked under a “lead hierarchy”, reacted the lawyer Adrien Sorrentino, specifying that he was going to appeal.
Against Mehmet C., Julian T., Jean-Baptiste B. and Alexandre C., the court handed down sentences ranging from 12 months suspended to two years, one of which is firm, with bans depending on the case. ‘exercise for several years or definitive.
Aged 29 to 33, they were convicted of an arrest carried out in April 2019: some for hitting a suspect in the BAC car, others for having “dressed” the proceedings into believing that the man had crack and a knife on him (actually confiscated from another the day before).
The last two defendants, informants of Bylka, were sentenced for one to five years in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros, for the other to one year firm. The first, Ahmad M. nicknamed “the Hindu”, 57, was convicted of active corruption and drug trafficking. The second, Abdoulaye B., 53, of this second offense only.