Assassination of Father Hamel: eight to thirteen years in prison for the accused present

The special assize court of Paris pronounced on Wednesday a sentence of eight years in prison against Yassine Sebaihia, ten years for Farid Khelil and thirteen years for Jean-Philippe Jean Louis at the trial of the Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray attack.

In the absence of the perpetrators of the murder of Father Hamel on July 26, 2016, two 19-year-old jihadists killed by the police, these three members of their family or telephone entourage had been on trial since February 14 for “terrorist association of criminals”. They faced up to thirty years of criminal imprisonment.

The public prosecutor had requested between seven and fourteen years of detention against them.

A two-thirds security period was pronounced for Jean-Philippe Jean Louis and Farid Khelil and, for the three defendants, a socio-judicial follow-up for a period of five years after their release from prison, including in particular an obligation to professional activity or training, and an obligation of care.

22 years in prison for the accused presumed dead

The fourth defendant, Rachid Kassim, propagandist of the Islamic State organization presumed dead in Iraq, was sentenced in his absence to life with a security period of 22 years for “complicity” in the assassination of Father Hamel in his church .

On July 26, 2016, Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean executed in cold blood Father Jacques Hamel, priest of the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen.

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