The young hostage taker of the tobacco press in Blagnac sentenced to two years in prison

    The young hostage taker of the tobacco press in Blagnac sentenced to two years in prison

    Deployment in Blagnac on May 7, 2019 during the hostage-taking of the bar-tabac. – P. Pavani – AFP

    On May 7, 2019, shortly after 4 p.m., an armed 17-year-old teenager entered a tobacco press-PMU located at the entrance to Blagnac, just after a bridge crossing the Garonne from Toulouse. For more than four long hours, he had taken four women hostage, releasing a first before releasing the other three, while outside significant resources had been deployed.

    Tried Monday behind closed doors by the juvenile court, this young man, now adult was sentenced to forty-two months in prison, of which 24 months indicates La Dépêche du Midi. During the hearing, the hostage taker failed to explain his gesture.

    A claim linked to “yellow vests”

    At the material time, he explained that he was affiliated with the “yellow vests” movement, a political claim behind his actions and during discussions with the Raid negotiators. He had indeed been arrested a few months earlier, in December, on the sidelines of a demonstration in downtown Toulouse. He was then considered a little depressed.

    According to the regional daily, thanks to the remissions of sentence, he should be released from the Foix remand center by the end of the year.

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