his parents to be tried next year

his parents to be tried next year
his parents to be tried next year

Thirty-seven years after the discovery of the body of Inass Touloub, “the martyr of the A10”, her parents Halima El Bakhti and Ahmed Touloub will be tried before the Assize Court for “acts of torture and barbarity leading to the death without intention of giving it away.

Finally the outcome, 37 years later. This Thursday, June 20, the investigating chamber of the Orléans Court of Appeal announced the referral of Halima El Bakhti and Ahmed Touloub to the Assize Court. The parents of little Inass, whose tortured body was found on the side of the A10 motorway in 1987, will be tried next year. They are accused of “acts of torture and barbarity leading to death without intention of causing it”. Aged 70 and 72, they risk life imprisonment.
On August 11, 1987, two employees of the Cofiroute company responsible for maintaining the embankments found the child’s body, wrapped in a blanket. It is located behind the safety barrier of the A10 motorway near Suèvres (Loir-et-Cher). The little girl was hit, burned with an iron, bitten by a human jaw and her body is covered in bruises. At the time, as she could not be identified, she was buried under the name “The Little Unknown Girl of the A10 Motorway”.

Identified using DNA

It was only in 2017 that the affair experienced a major turning point (LND 1866). A man, who turns out to be the child’s brother, finds himself before the criminal court for assault and battery. Her DNA, taken according to the procedure, matches that of the A10 martyr. This is how the police follow the trail back to the parents: Halima El Bakhti and Ahmed Touloub. The unknown woman is identified: she is Inass Touloub, born July 3, 1983. Arrested in 2018, her parents deny then blame each other.
In the following years, the facts were reclassified several times, finally leading, in April 2023, to the indictment of both parents for “acts of torture and barbarity leading to death without intention of causing it”.
« We are relieved that the investigation is coming to an end after so many years of waitingconfided Me Agathe Morel, lawyer for the Enfance et Partage association to our colleagues at Le Figaro. It is now time for the trial to take place, so that we can raise all the questions that arise in this humanly distressing matter. » Unless there is an appeal, the couple will be judged in 2025 or 2026.

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