Florian M. will have to comply with several rules, including not coming into contact with witnesses to the tragedy, including the second police officer present at the time of the incident, as well as civil parties, including Nahel’s family.
After more than four months of detention at La Santé prison, Florian M., the police officer alleged to have committed the fatal shooting of Nahel on June 27 in Nanterre, was released under judicial supervision on Wednesday. His lawyer filed a new request for release last Thursday after a series of requests refused by the courts.
The investigating judges have, this time, “decided to grant it, considering that the legal criteria for the pre-trial detention of the police officer incarcerated since June 29, 2023 no longer appear to be met at this stage of the investigation” , added the public prosecutor.
This release under judicial supervision is accompanied by several obligations. Aged 38, the police officer must “pay a bond” and is prohibited from coming into contact with witnesses, including the second police officer on duty that day, and civil parties, including Nahel’s family.
He is also prohibited from “appearing in Nanterre” and “holding a weapon”, detailed this same source.
As RMC learned this Thursday, the police officer’s new home was put under surveillance by the police. He also received the prize pool which had been put online to help him and his family, a few days after the start of his pre-trial detention.
Trial date unknown
The police motorcyclist made a first request for release on July 6, a request rejected by the investigating chamber, and appealed this decision. The Versailles Court of Appeal confirmed on August 10 that he remained in pre-trial detention.
After a second request, his continued detention was again confirmed by the investigating chamber of the Versailles Court of Appeal on October 26.
“The pre-trial detention was totally illegitimate. He was placed in solitary confinement, he saw no one, spoke to no one, and did not understand why he was treated like that”, rejoices, to BFMTV, his lawyer Me Laurent -Franck Liénard.
The police union SGP Police Unit, for its part, said it was “relieved” by this release in a press release, stressing that it had “confidence in the work of the investigators”. “SGP Police Unit has always been at his side and worked so that he could benefit from functional protection,” adds the press release.
The images of the biker shooting the teenager at point blank range, widely distributed on social networks, had raised a wave of anger and violence which ignited for several consecutive nights many towns in the Paris region and in the rest of the country, more serious since 2005. The date of the police officer’s trial is not yet known.
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