20 years of imprisonment required

20 years of imprisonment required
20 years of imprisonment required

The Doubs Assize Court requested 20 years of imprisonment for a man, accused of the murder of a 17-year-old boy, with a bullet to the heart, in 2020 in Besançon. “A single bullet, a single shot was enough to take the life of a man and destroy a family. No chance was given” to the victim, denounced the attorney general.

A 20-year prison sentence was requested Friday before the Doubs Assize Court against a man accused of murdering a 17-year-old with a bullet to the heart for a frivolous reason, in 2020 in Besançon. “It’s a horrible murder, sad to death,” denounced Attorney General Thérèse Brunisso. “It’s the business of two families. One Kosovar, the other Algerian, who chose France to offer their children a better future. And the dreams of these two families were shattered this evening of May 17, 2020”, she observed during her requisitions.

“I wanted to speak with him. I didn’t want to kill him”

That evening, “at the end of an extremely harsh confinement in these neighborhoods”, according to Thérèse Brunisso, a group of around ten young people were installed at the foot of a building in the working-class district of Planoise, when an individual came down from a car and goes towards one of them, aged 17. According to witnesses, the individual took a weapon out of his bag, hit him with the butt of the gun, then aimed it and fired. “He shoots right in the heart. A single bullet, a single shot was enough to take the life of a man and destroy a family. No chance was given to Lermirant Fazliu,” pleaded his family’s lawyer, Bérénice Chavy.

“I wanted to speak with him. I didn’t want to kill him,” assured the 27-year-old accused in court, his face emaciated and his gaze hard. Islem Gjoghal, explained that he had “argued” earlier in the day with the victim who allegedly accused him of being “a snitch” to the police. He then went home to get a gun. “I tried to hit him with the butt, he tried to take the weapon from my hands, he backed away, I held the weapon with both hands, I aimed nowhere, there was a shot that went off,” he added, claiming to have been “scared.”

The Advocate General underlined the homicidal intent, noting “the use of a loaded weapon” and a shot, aimed at “the bust, a vital part”, which could not “go off on its own” according to the ballistic expert. The accused, known to the police for drug trafficking, like the victim, was described by witnesses as a “clown” who sought to gain the upper hand over the “little ones” in the neighborhood.

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