To have allowed the assailant to “realize his terrorist project”, the public prosecutor requested, this Wednesday in Paris, a sentence of 18 years in prison for the main accused in the trial of the assassination of the police officer Xavier Jugelé, the April 20, 2017 on the Champs-Élysées. According to the prosecution, Nourredine Allam, 31, sold Karim Cheurfi “the Kalashnikov loaded with 25 bullets minimum” with which the latter killed Xavier Jugelé. The policeman was driving a police van parked at the top of the famous avenue. Karim Cheurfi had injured three other people, including two police officers, before being shot dead by police fire.
This attack, three days before the first round of the presidential election and immediately claimed by the Islamic State group, marked the end of the electoral campaign. This trial finds a sounding board in recent news, marked by attacks, sometimes fatal, against the police. Before the special assize court, the public prosecutor asked for this imprisonment to be accompanied by a two-thirds security period.
Eight years in prison required against two other defendants
An eight-year prison sentence was also required against two of the other three accused, Yanis Aidouni and Mohammed Bouguerra, for having participated in the sale of the Kalashnikov to Nourredine Allam, the only one prosecuted under the terrorist qualification. Finally, the public prosecutor asked the special assize court to pronounce a sentence of 24 months imprisonment, including 12 suspended, against the last accused, only prosecuted for the possession of the assault rifle.
According to the prosecution, without Nourredine Allam, Karim Cheurfi “would not have taken such action”. He “began to actively search” for an assault rifle to sell the assailant “a weapon of war (which is used to) carry out a massacre and nothing else,” said the general counsel. According to her, if Nourredine Allam did not ideologically adhere to the project of Karim Cheurfi, widely “known” in his entourage and his neighborhood, to kill police officers, he should “at least ask himself the question of why Karim Cheurfi was looking for this weapon: to commit an attack ”.
Above all, according to the prosecution, Nourredine Allam could not be unaware that Karim Cheurfi wanted to kill police officers and that he had been sentenced in 2005 to 15 years in prison for attempted assassinations on police officers. The two men lived in the same district of Chelles, in Seine-et-Marne, and had been detained for a common time in the prison of Meaux.
Nourredine Allam, who faces a 30-year prison sentence for terrorist association with a view to preparing a crime, denies outright the charges against him. He claims to have only bought his motorbike from Karim Cheurfi, which he intended to sell to buy a tow truck. But, for the prosecution, the Kalashnikov served as a bargaining chip.
Nourredine Allam was sentenced 19 times between 2004 and 2013, sometimes to prison, for common law offenses. The defense pleadings take place this Wednesday afternoon and the verdict is expected Thursday.
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