He man that last thursday stabbed four children and two adults in a park in the city of Annecya Syrian who had refugee status in Sweden and had been in France as homeless, has been defendant this Saturday, but not for terrorist crimes, and imprisoned.
The public prosecutor of Annecy, Lise Bonnetwho announced his indictment at a press conference, specified that he had already there is no fear for the lives of any of the six victims of the attack, but both the four children (who are between three years and 22 months) and one of the adults remain hospitalized.
Two of the children (one born in February 2021 and one born in August 2020) are French. In addition, there is also a little British girl born in March 2020 who was in Annecy with her family on her vacation, as well as another Dutch woman who, after the attack, was rushed to an emergency hospital.
As for the two adults, one has already been discharged and the second, who in addition to being stabbed by the assailant was involuntarily shot by the police, is still hospitalized but his condition has allowed him to give a statement.
The prosecutor pointed out that the attacker -identified as AbdelmasihH.-, who is the sole author, is has refused to answer questions of the police during the 48 hours that he has remained under arrest in the police station of this city in the French Alps before being presented to the investigating judges.
A psychiatrist who had examined him during his arrest had declared it fit to be questioned, and did not perceive delusional elements in him.
The magistrates have charged him with the crimes of gun rebellion and, above all, for attempted murdera crime for which he could be sentenced up to life imprisonment.
Bonnet insisted that in the investigations that have been done so far “no terrorist motivation appears”. According to witnesses to the assault who have been questioned by the police, it appears that during the stabbing he alluded to his wife, his daughter and Jesus Christ.
When he was arrested by five police officers, just a few minutes after the attack on the children and just 300 meters from the scene of the events in the same park, which is located on the shores of Lake Annecy, among his possessions was found, in addition to the dagger that he used for the aggression, a crucifix, two Christian images, a Swedish driving license and 440 euros in cash.
Has 31 years and both his wife and his three-year-old daughter live in Sweden, where he obtained refugee status in 2013. In May 2022, he left Sweden and was in Italy and Switzerland before landing in France, where he has been living without a fixed address since October of last year.
Upon arrival, he applied for refugee status in France, but the Administration responded with a refusal on the 4th precisely because he already had that status recognized in Sweden.
A statute that allowed him to circulate through the Schengen area, although not to settle permanently in a country other than the one that had given him refugee status.
This question has fueled a controversy in France created by some leaders of the right and of the extreme right, who have taken the opportunity to denounce immigration policyin his opinion too lax, and to criticize European rules, in particular those that allow the free movement of refugees.
According to the French press, Abdelmasih H. was mobilized by his country’s Army at the outbreak of the civil war in 2011 and decided to desert.
first passed by Türkiyewhere he met what would later become his wife (also Syrian, later nationalized Swedish) with whom he went to Sweden where his son was born.
The attacker’s mother, who lives in the United States, has stated in the French press that her son suffered a “serious depression” for the successive rejections he had received of his applications to obtain Swedish nationality.
(With information from EFE)
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