Yvan Colonna’s lawyers request a suspension of sentence for vital prognosis

Yvan Colonna’s lawyers are going to file a request for the suspension of his sentence, for “vital prognosis involved”after the assault of which the Corsican independence activist was the victim in Arles prison on March 2, announced Mand Sylvain Cormier, one of his lawyers, Monday.

Yvan Colonna had been very seriously injured by an inmate who had attacked him, and he has been in a coma since, between life and death, in a hospital in Marseille. Judicial information for “attempted assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise” opened on March 6.

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“The law provides that the sentence can be suspended when the vital prognosis of a prisoner is engaged. We ask neither more nor less than the application of the law, the respect of the right for Yvan “said M.and Sylvain Cormier. He assured that the request would be filed this Tuesday, March 15 in the morning with the court for the application of anti-terrorist sentences in Paris.

The state of health of Yvan Colonna “is still very serious, he never came out of the coma” since his attack in prison, explained one of his lawyers, Mand Patrice Spinosi, this Tuesday at France-Inter, confirming that a request for suspension of sentence was going to be filed. “Hope exists, but it is tenuous”added the lawyer, specifying that“as it stands, Yvan Colonna is well cared for in Marseille and is not intended to be moved” : “The challenge of his return to Corsica will exist if he recovers. »

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According to the Code of Criminal Procedure, the suspension of sentence may be ordered for convicts for whom it is established that they are suffering from a life-threatening pathology or that their state of physical or mental health is permanently incompatible with the maintenance in detention.

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Definitively sentenced since 2012 to life imprisonment for the assassination of the prefect Erignac in 1998, Yvan Colonna has been released by law since 2021. Unlike the two other members of the commando Alain Ferrandi and Pierre Alessandri, he had not yet filed a request for sentence adjustment, on the date of his attack, but intended to do so.

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The government announced on March 8 that Yvan Colonna was no longer considered a “specially reported detainee” (DPS). ” This decision […] is based on the particular seriousness of Yvan Colonna’s health situation”, had then argued Matignon. This DPS status was also lifted on Friday for Pierre Alessandri and Alain Ferrandi, who should therefore be able to serve the rest of their sentence in a Corsican prison.

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