The law commission of the National Assembly gave its approval, Wednesday, November 23, to the creation of a commission of inquiry around the fatal attack, in March, of Yvan Colonnawhich had generated a very strong emotion in Corsica.
On March 2, Yvan Colonna, a Corsican independence activist who was serving a life sentence in Arles prison (Bouches-du-Rhône) for the assassination of the prefect Claude Erignac, was violently attacked in the sports hall by Franck Elong Abe, a 36-year-old man who was serving several sentences, including a nine-year sentence for “criminal association with a view to preparing an act of terrorism”. He died of his injuries after three weeks in a coma.
The centrist group Freedoms, Independents, Overseas and Territories (LIOT) exercised its right of drawing to launch this commission of inquiry, by submitting a resolution by the deputy of Haute-Corse Jean-Félix Acquaviva. She intends to shed light on “the conditions under which” the suspected murderer “was able to benefit from a classification in ordinary detention (…) and not be subject to the radicalization detection steps in the prison environment”. She also wants “study the genesis and the conditions under which the status of particularly signaled prisoner was maintained” for Yvan Colonna.
“What is at stake is the island society’s thirst for justice and truth”argued Mr. Acquaviva, believing that hearings in the Assembly had revealed “Contradictions”in particular on “assessment of radicalization” of the alleged murderer.
“Requirement for truth and justice”
This commission, which will be composed of thirty deputies at the most following a proportional representation of the groups in the Assembly, will deliver its work within a maximum period of six months. The LIOT group hopes to start work “in December or January, no later”.
“I hope it will make it possible to make significant progress towards the demand for truth and justice”reacted the autonomist Gilles Simeoni, president of the executive council of Corsica. “We are now waiting for all the light to be shed on the circumstances of this assassination”declared the president of the Assembly of Corsica Marie-Antoinette Maupertuis, autonomist.
“The commission must take care throughout its work not to focus its investigations on issues falling within the exclusive competence of the judicial authority”recalled Caroline Abadie (Renaissance), rapporteur of the text creating the commission. “Only the judicial inquiry will be able to clarify the reasons for the aggression, and delimit the responsibilities and possible complicity”she insisted.
Two legal proceedings are open: an investigation for “assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise”, a second for violation of the secrecy of the instruction.
A report from the General Inspectorate of Justice estimated that the supervisor in charge of the wing where the Corsican separatist was located showed a “clear lack of vigilance” remaining “without any remote reason” of the place of the facts, which lasted nine minutes.
The former director of Arles prison and a supervisor will be the subject of “disciplinary procedures”Elisabeth Borne announced in July.