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Attack of Marseille: the findings of the administrative investigation known Tuesday

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – PATRICK KOVARIK – | The Minister of the Interior Gérard Collomb on 1 September 2017 in Paris

The findings of the administrative inquiry into the conditions for the release of Ahmed Hanachi in Lyon on Saturday, on the eve of his attack in Marseille, will be known Tuesday, according to Interior Minister Gérard Collomb.

“I will have the conclusions Tuesday,” said Saturday to AFP Mr. Collomb, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new terminal of Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport. He added that he left to the General Inspectorate of Administration, seized the day after this attack with a knife, fatal to two young women, “the care to diligent the investigation”.

The aim is to shed light on the procedure, judicial and administrative, which led to the release of the killer of Marseille, in order to determine a possible failure. He had been arrested for robbery at a Lyons station on Friday 29 September and released the next day when he was in an irregular situation.

The prosecutor’s office in Lyon had filed a flight investigation against the 29-year-old Tunisian without further investigation, and then the local prefectural authorities had “not been able to take a removal measure against him” of the Paris prosecutor François Molins.

“The person of permanence in the prefecture of the Rhone, having authority to sign the obligation to leave the territory and the placement in retention center (…) was absent”, indicated on Monday to the AFP a source close to the ‘investigation.

Last Saturday morning, the administrative detention center of Lyon-Saint-Exupéry, where he could have been taken, was also “full”, two admissions of migrants having been refused, according to a source close to the file.

Two 20-year-old cousins, one residing in the Bouches-du-Rhône and the other near Lyon, were stabbed to death on 1 October at the Saint-Charles station in Marseille. The attack was claimed by the jihadist Islamic State (EI) group, but investigators have since questioned the links between the assailant, who was shot, and the IE.

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