“We did not know his intentions”, incident in Aude during the transfer of an inmate from the Tarbes remand center to Perpignan

“We did not know his intentions”, incident in Aude during the transfer of an inmate from the Tarbes remand center to Perpignan
“We did not know his intentions”, incident in Aude during the transfer of an inmate from the Tarbes remand center to Perpignan

A large engine car followed a prison administration vehicle during the transfer of an inmate from the Tarbes remand center to Perpignan. The police intervened but the big machine managed to escape.

What happened on Monday between Tarbes and Perpignan during the transfer of an inmate from the remand center? A large engine car would have followed the prison vehicle on the highway in Aude for many minutes on the highway before coming up to it.

The three prison officers in charge of the transfer, who were unarmed, realized that they were being followed. They tried to lose the following car. Without success. The vehicle would even have come up to their level. “They tried to overwhelm the car, without success,” said a prison guard. The car even came up to their level before passing them and then coming back.

After the attack on a prison van which left three people dead in Eure in mid-May, prison officers are particularly on guard.

“Our colleagues were forced to take disproportionate risks to try to get rid of this suspicious and threatening car” denounces the UFAP union, UNSA justice.

Alerted, the police intervened on the highway. At sight of the police vehicle, the large engine car fled. The Carcassonne public prosecutor took up the matter and opened an investigation. Was it a very unwelcome game in the current very tense context? Or the beginning of an attack on the prison vehicle?

“The problem is that the colleagues did not know the intentions of the occupant(s) of the suspect vehicle. They managed it. But they were not armed” summarizes a prison officer.

“While a few days ago, two of ours were executed as part of an extraction mission, the administration has obviously still not realized the urgency of the situation” insists the UFAP union before asking: “Why are screen prints not removed from vehicles in order to guarantee discretion? Why continue to send unarmed agents onto public roads given the current societal context? It is imperative to act immediately The safety of supervisors must be an absolute priority,” says UFAP.

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