Suspected of the murder of a Chadian soldier, a French military nurse killed himself in prison

Suspected of the murder of a Chadian soldier, a French military nurse killed himself in prison
Suspected of the murder of a Chadian soldier, a French military nurse killed himself in prison

What exactly happened at the medical center of the French military camp of Faya Largeau [Tchad], last September 5? According to the explanations given at the time by the local authorities, a Chadian soldier who came for treatment allegedly gave the French military nurse who was examining him a scalpel blow to the chest, head and neck, forcing the latter to to use his weapon to defend himself.

“A Chadian soldier, who was not in a normal state, went for a dressing in the military base of the French army, took a scalpel and injured a French military nurse,” reported General Ali Maïde Kebir, governor of the Borkou region, of which Faya-Largeau is the capital. “Infirmer used his firearm and killed him,” he added.

This version of the facts was corroborated by a French military Source. “We don’t know the reasons for the attack,” she admitted, before insisting that the nurse [un adjudant] had to defend himself. And to specify that an investigation, carried out jointly by French and Chadian forces, had been opened.

This dramatic incident then gave rise to a demonstration hostile to the French presence in front of the Faya Largeau camp, as well as the spread of malicious rumors on social networks.

However, this affair recently experienced a twist, the version of the nursing adjutant, with impeccable service records, having been called into question by the expertise carried out at the request of the military section of the Paris prosecutor’s office, according to which, reports Le Parisien , the “minor wounds on the nurse could have been self-inflicted, the Chadian patient having no trace of blood, and only the genetic profile of the accused having been found on the scalpel”.

Still according to the same Source, the Chadian soldier was not armed and “his specific military training also suggested that he had expertise that was not compatible with the scratches noted on the nurse.” In addition, she continues, “the deceased Chadian was clearly the victim of fatal shots in the back and as he was heading towards the exit.” Finally, a chief doctor and a chief warrant officer expressed doubts about the version of the non-commissioned officer who fired the shots… But they were not present at the time of the events.

Upon his return from Chad, followed for post-traumatic stress syndrome after surviving the explosion of an improvised explosive device during a mission in Mali, the nursing warrant officer was hospitalized in psychiatry. Then, based on the information collected during the investigation, he was placed in police custody on April 26, before being indicted for “murder” by a Paris investigating judge.

While the prosecution had requested his placement in pre-trial detention for “risk of disturbing public order, need to preserve evidence and protection of the person concerned against himself”, the nursing adjutant was placed under judicial supervision. But following an appeal from the public prosecutor, he was finally incarcerated in Fresnes prison on May 14.

What this non-commissioned officer, who always maintained his version of the facts, could not stand. “I don’t understand my presence in prison, I only defended myself as part of my service to France. Here, I am placed in solitary confinement because several inmates learned that I was a soldier. […] Please try to do something to get me out of here, I don’t think I can last long,” he wrote to his parents.

Unfortunately, four days after his detention, this 33-year-old nursing warrant officer ended his life. However, the case will not stop there, his relatives having filed a complaint against X for “intentional homicide” and “endangering the lives of others”. She also asked the Minister of Justice, Éric Dupont-Moretti, to refer the matter to the General Inspectorate of Justice.

Asked by AFP, the lawyer for the non-commissioned officer’s family, Me Patrick Ramaël, expressed his indignation. “The main reason why detention was requested was to protect him from committing suicide. And, yet, it was this incarceration that killed him,” he said. And to see “possible dysfunctions in the judicial treatment of this case”.

Furthermore, Me Ramaël gave other details on the events that occurred at Faya Largeau. Thus, according to the story he gave to his loved ones, the adjutant nurse “called for help” by walkie-talkie when he had just been attacked, while pointing his weapon at the Chadian soldier. Despite the warnings, he then grabbed a “pair of scissors”. The non-commissioned officer would have fired at that moment… And another soldier, “coming to the rescue”, would have done the same.

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