French police to stand trial over youths' deaths

22nd October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two policemen will stand trial over the deaths of two youths in a Paris suburb that sparked weeks of rioting that drew worldwide attention in 2005, a lawyer involved in the case said Friday.

Magistrates investigating the deaths referred the case to a criminal court for the policemen to face charges of failing to assist a person in danger, Jean-Pierre Mignard, a lawyer for the families of the victims, told AFP.

The two youths, Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore, died from being electrocuted when they climbed into an electricity substation as they tried to escape police chasing them in the Paris of suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois in October 2005.

Their deaths sparked violent riots and clashes between youths and police which spread to cities across France.

A prosecutor in September had called for the case against the police to be dismissed.

© 2010 AFP

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