Could this be the epilogue of a legal soap opera that has been going on for twenty-eight years now? Thursday, October 13, the commission of instruction of the Court of Revision rejected the request for revision of the former Franco-Moroccan gardener. The latter had however seen his request for reconsideration of the file approved in December 2021.
In a press release, the Court of Revision recalls that this decision “does not not on the guilt or innocence of the convicted person” and “limits itself to determining whether the new elements can enable the Court of Review and Reexamination to fulfill its function”.
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Omar Raddad’s lawyer, Maître Sylvie Noachovitch, said she was “scandalized by this decision which does not respect the 2014 law, which allows revision in the event of simple doubt”. “This is one of the biggest mistakes [judiciaires] of the 21st century. I will never let go of Omar Raddad, ”she added at the end of the hearing.
Sentenced in 1994 to 18 years in prison without the possibility of appealing for the murder of Ghislaine Marchal, his former boss, murdered in 1991 in Mougins, Omar Raddad had been partially pardoned par President Jacques Chirac, at the request of King Hassan II. He never ceased to proclaim his innocence.
His request for review was based in part on the progress of science whose advances now make it possible, which was not possible during the first trial, to examine four unknown DNAs, including one present more than thirty-five times on the crime scene. As well as on the conclusions of a parallel investigation carried out by the gendarmes who implicate two other suspects, now deceased.
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According to his lawyer, Omar Raddad, now 60 years old, never really recovered from this affair, and lives recluse in his apartment in Toulon. Master Noachovitch has announced that she will seize the European Court of Rights of the man.