SETTLEMENT OF ACCOUNTS Two young men are tried by the Aix-en-Provence Assize Court for the assassination of Rudy , 15 years old, arose in November 2016 against a backdrop of revenge and clashes for the control of a narcotics outlet
The court of Assisi in Aix-en-Provence, December 6, 2021 – Alexandre Vella/20 Minutes
- On the morning of November 18, 2016, a jogger discovered in a massif in the north-east of Marseille the body of 15-year-old Rudy, coldly executed and summarily set on fire.
- In May 2017, Samir Zerouali and Khadim Thiam, 26 and 28 years old today, were arrested in this case.
- Already sentenced to 9 years in prison in a kidnapping case that occurred shortly after, they are currently on trial by the Aix Assize Court. in Provence and proclaim their innocence.
November 18, 2016, on the heights of Marseille. A jogger uncovers the partially cremated body of 15-year-old Rudy, known to be a tiny hand of a network of the city's many drug networks. & Nbsp; The autopsy quickly concludes. a & nbsp; cold execution & ndash; he was shot, hands tied behind his back, of two shots fired with a hunting rifle, from top to bottom. very short range. First in the thorax, then in the head. This year, the number of settlements, with 29 victims, established a grim record. Rudy was the youngest of them.
Arrested seven months later, Khadim Thiam, 28, and Samir Zerouali, 26, appear this week before the Aix-en-Provence Assize Court for the assassination of Rudy. & Nbsp; Facts for & nbsp; ; which they risk the criminal resolution & agrave; perpet & eacute; tuit & eacute; with a security sentence 30 years old, and which they fiercely deny.
Already convicted in the same case of detention
& ldquo; I am not an assassin & rdquo ;, & rsquo; is presented & rsquo; Khadim Thiam. & ldquo; & ldquo; I have always had a certain honor & ldquo; confess my facts, Judge & nbsp; & rsquo;, continued the accused, with a loud voice and his hands behind his back. A first statement quickly put into effect; badly when the president of the court evokes his last conviction to date, that the accused & rsquo; contested from the box, although he did not appeal: & nbsp; 9 years in prison, & nbsp; pronounced in the spring of 2020 & nbsp; in a questioning case which occurred one month after this assassination . A questioning for which his co-accused, Samir Zerouali, was copied. of the same sentence. He presents himself as a & ldquo; & nbsp; nanny thief & nbsp; & rdquo; these apartments where & ugrave; weapons and narcotics are stored by the networks, and attempted by the network. even to justify the found weaponry. & agrave; his home during the searches that followed his arrest.
The bloody gear that drove Rudy's assassination is approaching; on this first day of trial by the president of the court during the reading of the indictment, which lasts more than an hour. A summary facts & nbsp; as reconstructed by the investigation which roughly brushes the cruel reality; clashes between different teams of traffickers from the northern neighborhoods. Except that the killers are taken this evening & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; a fifteen year old teenager.
A much awaited key witness
Mobile first. The assassins suspected him of having donated the green light at launch, two weeks earlier, of a previous account settlement that targeted a car and its occupants in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Plombi & egrave; res. The car that the attackers had taken care to mark out, a detail which leaves nothing to be desired. to think that Rudy had nothing to do with this matter. The investigation, then, and the designation & nbsp; of Samir and Khadim as the killers by Nourdine, & nbsp; with whom Rudy was a few hours before his execution. His testimony, scheduled for Thursday morning, is in fact eagerly awaited. A rare thing in a settling of accounts process, a significant portion of the 18 lesser cited should present themselves, a maneuver facilitated by the fact that a good number of them are currently being held, and that could allow & agrave; the heart of plunging deep into this war of the narcotics which gnaws the city.
& ldquo; It & rsquo; s not that I am looking askance at you, I & rsquo; have trouble myself a & oelig; he & raquo;, quickly & nbsp; slipped & nbsp; & agrave; Samir Zerouali court during his presentation. & ldquo; & ldquo; I am innocent (& hellip;) I am the & agrave; to clean up my name. And to add a few minutes later, when the & nbsp; exchanges & nbsp; with the president of the tribunal are strained. & Nbsp;: & nbsp; & ld; & nbsp; I & rsquo; have taken for 31 years already, a sentence moreover, & ccedil; has changed nothing for me. I would tell you, otherwise. & raquo;
Thirty-one years, that & rsquo; s the sum of his sentences, & rsquo; start with the last pronounced in January of this year: & nbsp; 8 years for its participation in an attempted account settlement in March 2017. Thirty incompressible years, that is what the lawyers will try to avoid to the two accused, in this serious case. the material elements are not legion. Debates are planned to last until the end of the day. the weekend.