Their DNA had been found on one of the four sites targeted on the night of March 9 to 10, 2019. The Paris court on Wednesday pronounced six-year prison sentences against the two main defendants at the trial of a ” blue night” which had led to the degradation of several second homes in Corsica.
Adrien M. and Julien M. were found guilty of manufacturing explosive devices, damage in connection with a terrorist enterprise and terrorist criminal conspiracy. The national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office had requested seven years’ imprisonment against them.
They were arrested in September 2019 in a vehicle where they found a semi-automatic weapon, a stolen bulletproof vest, a toolbox containing a soldering iron and electrical wire and, on Julien M., a handwritten note “which very clearly gives instructions” reminiscent of “the making of an improvised explosive device”, according to the prosecutor.
Gas bottle found
André-François M., whose DNA had been found on a gas cylinder deposited in a building under construction in Ville-di-Pietrabugno (Haute-Corse), was sentenced to five years in prison, two of which were closed, convertible with an electronic bracelet. Convicted of the terrorist damage, he was on the other hand acquitted of the terrorist association of criminals, and the court took into account his more cooperative “positioning” during the procedure and the “altruistic” commitment of this firefighter- 32-year-old volunteer.
Ghjilormu G., a 24-year-old mechanic, was sentenced to 3 years in prison, of which 18 months could be converted, for criminal association with terrorism. The court reproaches him for his “logistical support” provided to the theft of vehicles used for three of the attacks.
Petru-Maria M. gets him a year for possession of a weapon and Nathalie V., a two-month suspended sentence for having provided a telephone in detention to Julien M. Only André-François M. and Petru-Maria M. were present at the delivery of the deliberation.
If an immediate arrest warrant had been issued against Adrien M. and Julien M., as the prosecution had demanded, the two young men would have been imprisoned in the Paris region and not in Corsica. But President Thomas Jouck explained in the preamble that “the court had considered issuing a warrant of committal with deferred effect” to allow “incarceration near (their) family”. Their absence renders this possibility obsolete.