The decision of the court for the application of anti-terrorism sentences (Tapat) handed down on Thursday was to be effective from June 13, a judicial source told AFP.

“We have just signed the act of appeal”, indicated shortly after the Pnat, contacted by AFP, immediately suspending this measure.

This decision was to allow him to work during the day on a farm, outside the prison of Borgo (Haute-Corse), where he has been detained since April 11 with Alain Ferrandi, another member of the commando sentenced to life imprisonment. for the assassination of the prefect Erignac.

For Paul-Felix Benedetti, head of the independence party Core in Fronte, “the appeal of the anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office (…) is political”, he wrote on Twitter, assuring that “France is locked in a logic of state revenge”.

The association for the defense of Corsican prisoners, Sulidarita also considered that this appeal reflected “alas a continuity in the will of the State to resolve the question of the rights of the Corsican people through repression”, calling on the elected islanders to “categorically refuse any discussion with the State” as long as in particular “all the political prisoners have not been released”.

This is the third time that Pierre Alessandri, 63, has asked to benefit from the semi-freedom regime.

In response to its first two requests, in October 2019 and then in July 2021, the court for the application of anti-terrorism sentences had already given the green light, but the national anti-terrorism prosecution (Pnat) had challenged the decision, which was then reversed in call in both cases.

This decision was expected in Corsica, after the assault in prison on March 2 of Yvan Colonna, also sentenced to life imprisonment for his participation in the assassination of the prefect Erignac in 1998. He finally died on March 21, as a result of this attack by another detainee in the central house of Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône).

– Reconciliation “in a spirit of appeasement” –

These events had caused great tension in Corsica, with many believing that such an attack would not have taken place if the independence activist had been detained in Corsica. The former shepherd of Cargèse also claimed for a long time his rapprochement on the island.

Following this fatal attack, the Prime Minister, in charge of this file in place of the Keeper of the Seals, Eric Dupond-Moretti, the latter having been Yvan Colonna’s lawyer, had taken a series of decisions concerning Pierre Alessandri and Alain Ferrandi.

The two men, arrested in 1999, were sentenced in 2003 to life imprisonment, accompanied by a security period of 18 years, for their participation in the assassination of the prefect Claude Erignac on February 6, 1998, in Ajaccio. Incarcerated since May 1999, they had been released since May 2017.

The Prime Minister had thus made possible their transfer to a Corsican prison, a request long demanded by their families and elected officials from Corsica and the continent, by lifting on March 11, “in a spirit of appeasement”, their status as “particularly flagged detainees” (DPS).

Since Corsica has no central house, the only type of prison structure authorized to accommodate DPS, the two detainees could not until now be imprisoned on the island and were detained at the central house in Poissy (Yvelines).

Came to the island in mid-March to try to calm the situation, after two weeks of demonstrations turning into riots, with the main slogan “French state assassin”, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, had conditioned the rapprochement of MM. Ferrandi and Alessandri to a return to calm on the island.

On March 22, Jean Castex then announced the transfer to the Corsican prison of Borgo “by mid-April” of the two detainees. A transfer finally made on April 11.

A decision of the Paris Court of Appeal concerning a similar request for sentence adjustment with a semi-freedom regime presented by Alain Ferrandi will be rendered on May 19.

As for Pierre Alessandri, this request had been accepted at first instance on February 24 but had been struck by a suspensive appeal from the national anti-terrorism prosecution.


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