Photos that could be from the reconstruction of the murder of little Maëlys. Another of the child, sitting in Nordahl Lelandais’ car, captured by CCTV cameras. “The very last image of Maëlys alive”, according to the commentary from TF1. The Grenoble prosecutor’s office on Wednesday opened an investigation “violation of professional secrecy” after the broadcast of a report on the first French television channel.
TF1 “broadcast last night (Tuesday) in its 8 pm newspaper photographs likely to come from the investigation procedure concerning the kidnapping, kidnapping and murder of the young Maëlys”, indicates the Attorney General of the Court of Grenoble appeal Jacques Dallest in a press release, recalling that “for these facts, Nordahl Lelandais must appear before the Assize Court of Isère from January 31”.
“The communication of these photographs to an unauthorized third party being likely to constitute a criminal offense, the public prosecutor asked to open an investigation of the count of violation of professional secrecy”, he continues. Grenoble prosecutor Eric Vaillant confirmed for his part that the prosecution had been seized and “ordered an investigation entrusted to the research section of the Paris gendarmerie”.
Maëlys De Araujo had disappeared during the night of August 26 to 27, 2017 during a wedding in the village hall of Pont-de-Beauvoisin. Quickly suspected, Nordahl Lelandais had confessed, six months after his indictment, to have “involuntarily” killed the little girl.
A trace of the child’s DNA had been discovered in his car and CCTV camera captures appear to show, according to investigators, that the suspect left the wedding night with the child, before returning without her overnight.