French justice examines a new request for review

French justice examines a new request for review
French justice examines a new request for review

French justice examines this Thursday behind closed doors a new request for review of the trial of Omar Raddad, this Moroccan gardener condemned, then pardoned without ever being exonerated, for the murder in 1991 of his boss Ghislaine Marchal.

Neither the applicant nor his lawyer Sylvie Noachovitch made a statement before the start of the hearing held in camera before the investigating committee of the Court of Revision.

Sentenced in 1994 to 18 years imprisonment, Omar Raddad had benefited from a partial pardon from President Jacques Chirac, then from parole in 1998. But this pardon did not annul the conviction and did not exonerate the gardener Moroccan.

Based on a report revealed by the newspaper Le Monde, the defense of Omar Raddad filed last June at the courthouse in Paris, a request for review of the trial, a very exceptional procedure in France.

The report drawn up in 2019 by a private expert, to which the French newspaper had access, concluded to the presence of about thirty traces of a complete male DNA not belonging to the gardener and found in one of the famous inscriptions. made with the blood of the victim, who designated Omar Raddad as the murderer.

The expert Laurent Breniaux, who analyzed 35 traces of one of the DNA present in the famous inscription “Omar me killed”, favors, in his report, the hypothesis of a deposit of fingerprints at the time of the facts, and not a subsequent “pollution” by the investigators.

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In other words, these genetic traces could have been deposited by the author of the inscription, who would then not be Mrs. Marchal but potentially the real murderer, believes the defense of Omar Raddad.

“These new elements represent real hope,” says Maître Noachovitch, lawyer for Omar Raddad, who said she was “convinced that they are an upheaval of the case and obviously raise doubts about Omar’s guilt. Raddad ”.

Based on these new elements, the investigating committee of the Court of Revision, made up of five magistrates, began examining the request filed by the defense. His decision will then be reserved for several weeks, according to a judicial source, cited by the media in France.

In its report, the investigating committee can either reject the request, or order additional information, or send it to the Court of Revision, which will then have the last word on the organization of a new trial.

Sentenced in 1994 to 18 years imprisonment, without the possibility of appeal at the time, Omar Raddad, who has never ceased to proclaim his innocence, had in total spent more than seven years in prison.

The Omar Raddad case is one of the most famous and controversial criminal cases in France.

(With MAP)

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