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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

France Church Attack : Manuel says french justice system has failed



Prime minister Manuel Valls says the French justice system has failed in connection with the killing of a priest  in Normandy.
Valls criticised the fact that one of the attackers was released with an electronic tag pending trial on terror charges.



He said the release had been decided by independent judges, not his government.
Mr Valls has faced criticism over the attack near Rouen, and the killing of 84 people by another jihadist in Nice.
Adel Kermiche, one of the two teenagers who attacked the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday, had been arrested after being caught trying to go to Syria last year.
However he was released with a monitoring tag earlier this year, despite prosecutors' call for his continued detention.


In an interview with Le Monde newspaper published on Friday, Mr Valls called the release a "failure" that must be acknowledged.
He added: "This does not mean that my government is to blame, because that decision was taken by independent judges."
Kermiche and the other attacker, Abdel Malik Petitjean, were shot dead by police outside the church, where they had slit the throat of Fr Jacques Hamel, 86, and taken hostages during Mass.


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