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French policeman guilty of joining jihadist cause

The policeman - an immigrant from Senegal - was sentenced to six years in prison for criminal conspiracy and jihadism.

Published: July 9, 2019, 9:08 am

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    A 47-year-old former black police officer was sentenced to six years in prison and was jailed on Monday, July 8 in Paris.

    Named Mamadou N’Diaye (47), he was found guilty of criminal conspiracy to commit terrorism and fraud by the criminal court, FranceInfo reported. In particular, he was accused of having joined the jihadist cause of the Islamic State between 2014 and 2016.

    Arrested in his police station in June 2017 and then dismissed and placed under judicial control, Mamadou N’Diaye has been found guilty of looking for radicalised people’s names in police files.

    He was found guilty of watching videos and following profiles of jihadists on social networks with his radicalised brother. He had even activated a Twitter account for a French jihadist party in Syria and had been listed as a suspect in the attack on a police couple in Magnanville in 2016.

    For President Isabelle Prévost-Desprez, the ex-police officer “harmed the police” and “the confidence” of the French in law enforcement.

    Assigned to the brigade of road accidents and misdemeanors, N’Diaye notably intervened on the scene of the murder of Aurélie Châtelain, killed in Villejuif in 2015 against the backdrop of an aborted terrorist attack.

    He even volunteered to help after the Paris attacks of November 13, 2015, a “behavior that can be considered disturbing” the court noted. His lawyer, Gabriel Dumenil, denounced the allegations and announced that he would appeal and asked for N’Diaye’s release. For him, his client, who was previously under judicial control, “had changed, could change”. He added: “It’s a disaster for him and for society.”

    An initiative has meanwhile been launched in Marseille and could soon extend to all French stations where police and magistrates will be trained against “racism and homophobia”.

    Faced with the proliferation of racist and homophobic offenses, according to French weekly L’Express, Marseille has launched a training day to raise awareness among police and magistrates of this new kind of “threat”.

    Clearly, both functions are trained to receive complaints and investigate such charges. An initiative that will be “deployed throughout France in September,” according to the prefect and advisor for security affairs in Dilcrah – the Interministerial delegation set up to fight against racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT hate – Christian Gravel .

    The stated objective is the creation of a national network of investigators and specialised magistrates, one of the main measures of the national plan against racism and anti-Semitism established by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

    For their training day, the participants, for example, followed the interventions of an “ethicist” from the Camp des Milles, one of the main memory sites of the Jewish deportation, but also the director of the Avad, an association aiding so-called hate crime victims. “We know that 10 percent of victims of hate crime do not file a complaint,” said Gravel.

    According to a May study, one in five LGBT people have been physically assaulted in their lifetime. “It all starts when you cross the threshold of the police station,” the Dilcrah advisor explained, emphasizing “the human dimension of the victims”.

    For him, these figures show that it is essential to “familiarise the agents with this type of complaint”.

    “When the hatefulness of the act is not recognised from the beginning of the investigation, it is very difficult to reinject it into the procedure,” he said before continuing: “Now, the recognition of hate by justice is essential for the reconstruction of the victim “.

    The official also said that 6 122 court cases had been opened for hate transgressions and hate crimes in 2018, but very few resulted in convictions, “perhaps because the investigations are not always properly launched”.

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