Seven face charges over French police beating

27th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

EVRY, France, Sept 27, 2006 (AFP) - Seven youths face being charged with attempted murder over the beating of two riot police officers on a tough housing estate near Paris last week, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.

EVRY, France, Sept 27, 2006 (AFP) - Seven youths face being charged with attempted murder over the beating of two riot police officers on a tough housing estate near Paris last week, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.

The suspects, who were arrested in a spectacular police raid Monday, were to be placed under judicial investigation -- one step short of indictment -- for attempted voluntary homicide following a judicial hearing Wednesday morning.

The charge can carry up to 30 years imprisonment, said Jean-Francois Pascal, state prosecutor in the south Paris suburb of Evry.

A total of 12 people were arrested in a dawn raid by 220 officers on the tough Tarterets estate in Corbeil-Essonnes near Evry following the assault on two police officers, one of whom was hospitalised with head and face injuries.

Police said the suspects were identified by fingerprints and DNA traces left on the remains of meals, notably pizza boxes, near the scene of the attack.

The seven facing charges -- who include one minor -- deny taking part in the beating, but some acknowledge vandalising and stealing from the officers' unmarked car, for which they also face charges.

Monday's highly publicised police swoop came nearly a year after riots flared in run-down, high-immigration suburbs across France, prompting the government to impose a three-month state of emergency that ended in January.

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