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For Jean Castex, the thorny question of Corsican prisoners


For the first time, Prime Minister Jean Castex is due to visit Corsica in November. A trip postponed several times since his arrival in Matignon in July 2020, but which will be of particular importance in a context of tense relations between the executive and the Corsican nationalist leaders. And this, after the president of the executive council of Corsica, the autonomist Gilles Simeoni, was largely re-elected in the territorial elections of June and has, in the present term of office, an absolute majority in the Assembly of Corsica.

In the first row of the subjects of discord: the fate of the members of the commando which assassinated the prefect Claude Erignac, on February 6, 1998 in Ajaccio. Friday, October 22, the Corsican Assembly, meeting in extraordinary session, unanimously adopted a resolution calling for “That the people convicted within the framework of the procedure of the assassination of the prefect Erignac see themselves apply the same rights and the same treatment as any justiciable”. She asks “The lifting of the DPS status [détenu particulièrement signalé] concerning them “ and “Their immediate rapprochement, in accordance with what French and European law provides”.

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Currently, the main accused, Yvan Colonna, suspected of being the author of the shots, is serving his life sentence, with a security period of twenty-two years, at the Arles power station ( Bouches-du-Rhône). His two co-defendants, Pierre Alessandri and Alain Ferrandi, were also sentenced to life imprisonment, with a security sentence of eighteen years. Incarcerated since 1999 and currently detained in Poissy (Yvelines), they can claim, since May 25, 2017, for parole. But since then all their requests have been refused. The Corsican detainee file is handled by the Prime Minister in person. It was therefore Mr. Castex who, on December 22, 2020, rejected the new request for the lifting of the DPS status formulated by the two prisoners of Poissy, effectively opposing their transfer to Borgo (Haute-Corse), l The establishment is not authorized to accommodate DPS prisoners.

Another court decision, on October 7, revived the mobilization. The Paris Court of Appeal overturned the judgment handed down at first instance in July by the anti-terrorism enforcement court, which granted Pierre Alessandri a modified sentence and placement in semi-liberty at the Borgo penitentiary. For his lawyer, Me Eric Barbolosi, this decision is synonymous with “Irreducible perpetuity” and constitutes “The sign of inhuman and degrading treatment”.

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