Deadly shootings in Paris: why the terrorist character was not retained?

The suspect in the deadly attack on Friday, December 22 in Paris admitted to having acted out of racism. The bereaved Kurdish community considers the attack a terrorist act. However, the terrorist character was not retained and the anti-terrorist prosecution was not seized. Explanations.

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As soon as the main suspect in the attack was arrested causing the death of three people, the Kurdish community highlighted the terrorist nature of these deadly shots. However, the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) did not take up the facts, and the media continue to call this act “
deadly shootings
” Where ” shooting “.

Which strongly annoys the Kurdish community, like this person on Twitter who writes: “
What is missing to qualify this as terrorism? The ‘Allahu Akbar’ was missing, right?! »

The racist motive has been retained

Our colleagues from Figaro contacted the PNAT to understand why it had not yet taken up this matter. The PNAT indicates that at this stage, it “
continues its evaluation
“. The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office could therefore seize it after the psychological evaluation of the suspect. Indeed, the PNAT takes up the case if it considers that there are intentional attacks on life committed “
intentionally in connection with an individual or collective enterprise with the aim of seriously disturbing public order by intimidation or terror

At the collective level, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin stressed that the 69-year-old retiree “
wasn’t listed as being ultra-right
and that he was not affiliated with an extremist ideological movement. However, the suspect admitted to having acted because he was “racist” and that he had ” always wanted to murder migrants, foreigners “. The racist motive was also retained by the investigators.

The mental health of the assailant to judge the terrorist character

This is what frustrates and outrages the Kurdish community. On France InfoAgit Polat, spokesperson for the Kurdish Democratic Council of France, considers unworthy the fact that the PNAT does not take up the case. “
It is

frustrating and outrageous for us. Because we know that this public prosecutor’s office manages very well to seize, in any case cases which are much less dangerous than these “.

The profile of the victims, one of whom had applied for political refugee status, is one more reason to qualify Friday’s shooting as a terrorist attack according to Agit Polat. “
How is it that today, in a very political structure like ours, in the nature of the very political profile of the victims, how is it that this same prosecutor’s office cannot take up this case? It’s incomprehensible
. »

This is not the first time that the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office has hesitated to take up a case. In 2019the attack on a mosque in Bayonne (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) had not been qualified as a terrorist by the PNAT because of the mental state of the killer.

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Deadly shootings in Paris: why the terrorist character was not retained?