August 4, 2021

a police commissioner indicted for “manslaughter”

The phone of Steve Maia Caniço, a 24-year-old extracurricular animator who died in the Loire during the night of the 2019 Music Festival in Nantes, “spoke”. The expert appraisals carried out in October 2020 by the Rennes examining magistrate David Bénichou provided key information: Mr. Maia Caniço fell into the river at 4:33 am, in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22, 2019. Either “In the time of the intervention of the national police” orchestrated to disperse a techno evening installed on Quai Wilson, a controversial operation that took place “In several phases of confrontation between 4:24 and 4:52 am”, as stated in June, the public prosecutor of Rennes, Philippe Astruc.

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These conclusions undermine the report of the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) of July 16, 2019 which reported the triggering of a last telephone relay by the phone of Mr. Maia Caniço at 3:16 a.m. On the strength of these elements, Mr. Bénichou indicted, Tuesday, July 13, Commissioner Grégoire Chassaing – who was in charge of the police system on the night of the tragedy – for ” manslaughter “.

The first appearance questioning of the divisional commissioner was cut short: in front of the judge, the police officer “Use of their right to silence”, relate to World a source close to the case. Mr. Chassaing, who is summoned to the judge’s office again in September, “Disputes the grounds and terms of his indictment, but he does not wish to comment on an ongoing investigation”, his lawyer, Louis Cailliez, told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“Study the chain of responsibilities”

Thierry Palermo, the acting departmental director of public security at the time of the facts, was also questioned for more than five hours on Monday, July 19. At the end of this hearing and “In the light of the explanations provided by the person concerned”, as reported by someone close to the case, the judge did not “Not considered that there were serious or concordant elements justifying [le] put him under examination and he therefore chose to place him under the status of assisted witness ”.

Representatives of the city of Nantes and Nantes Métropole, two communities targeted by the procedure as legal persons, have an appointment with the examining magistrate by the end of the week, as well as the director of office of the prefect in office at the time of the facts. All these actors will have to explain themselves about the preparation of the event and the orientation of the parties to an unsecured site.

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