Colonna finally sentenced to life imprisonment

Sketch of hearing Yvan Colonna, in his appeal to Paris, May 2, 2011.

The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday 11 July, the rejection of the appeal of Yvan Colonna. His conviction to life imprisonment for the murder of the prefect of Corsica Claude Erignac becomes final.

Before the announcement of the decision of the Court, counsel for the Shepherd Cargese warned that if the appeal was dismissed, the defense of Yvan Colonna would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), procedure However, that could take "four to five years" to complete.


There are two years, the high court, which will decide on the form and not the substance of the issues before it, overturned the conviction in Yvan Colonna call for a procedural. So it was back to sitting. But June 20, 2011, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of the prefect of Corsica Claude Erignac, February 6, 1998 in Ajaccio again, and to attack a few months earlier gendarmerie Pietrosella in Corsica South, where the murder weapon was stolen. He therefore again appeal in cassation.

Read: Yvan Colonna application to quash his conviction for the murder of the prefect Erignac

Yvan Colonna, who has never ceased to proclaim his innocence, has been detained since late August 2011 at Toulon (Var), after spending eight years in Fresnes (Val-de-Marne). At the hearing of Cassation of 21 June, the public prosecutor has recommended dismissal of his appeal. This opinion is not binding and it belongs to the Criminal Division to decide whether it ordered a fourth trial.

The Yvan Colonna, Me Patrice Spinosi lawyer argued six grounds of appeal, including raising the issue of custody during which other men charged with the murder of the prefect and their wives had implicated his client. According to Mr. Spinosi, these custody "were not consistent with the right to a fair trial."

The lawyer also questioned the decision of the Special Court of Assize to make the debate a threatening letter allegedly sent Yvan Colonna one commando sentenced before him, so he exonerated. The lawyer also questioned the decision of the Court of Assizes of reasons for its verdict, six months before the entry into force of the law to this effect.

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