Yvan Colonna’s state of health “still very serious” according to his lawyer


Yvan Colonna’s state of health “is still extremely serious, he has never come out of a coma” since his attack in prison, explained one of his lawyers, Me Patrice Spinosi, on Tuesday at France Inter, confirming that a request for suspension of sentence was to be filed.

“Hope exists but it is tenuous”, added the lawyer, specifying that “in the current state Yvan Colonna is well cared for in Marseille and is not intended to be moved”: “The issue of his return to Corsica will exist if he recovers”.

On France 2, Me Spinosi refuted the diagnosis of “brain death” which had circulated on the evening of the attack: “It is inaccurate, (…) the brain is still active, after knowing how and is- what it will be able to really restart, it is the question which the doctors ask themselves .

The Corsican independence activist, sentenced to life imprisonment for his participation in the assassination of the prefect Erignac in 1998 in Ajaccio, was attacked by a fellow prisoner on March 2 in Arles prison. Since this event, the tension has risen sharply in Corsica, to culminate in “riots” Sunday in Bastia, according to justice.

According to a last assessment Tuesday with Arnaud Viornery, public prosecutor of Bastia, these scuffles left 102 injured, including 79 members of the police.

Me Spinosi also confirmed Tuesday the announcement the day before by another lawyer for Yvan Colonna, Me Sylvain Cormier, that a request for suspension of sentence for “vital prognosis engaged” will be filed this Tuesday morning. It will be examined by the sentencing judge. “It is a faculty, he is not obliged to do it”, specified Me Spinosi, but it would be “just a situation of coherence, today Yvan Colonna is no longer in detention because of his condition and it is intended to no longer be considered as such”.

Me Spinosi confirmed that “obviously there will be actions taken against the State” on the part of the family of Yvan Colonna. “The time today is not for this type of approach, (…) but it is certain that there will be questioning of a fault or a failure of the administration”.

Asked about the arrival of Gérald Darmanin on Wednesday and Thursday in Corsica, to open “a cycle of discussions” with elected officials on the future of the island, the lawyer recalled that “the presence of an interior minister in Corsica has never been a calming factor”; “We’ll see if this is a first!”

Regarding the tension on the island for almost two weeks, the lawyer recalled on France 2 that the family of the Corsican detainee “calls for calm and for there to be no more violence perpetrated in name of Yvan Colonna”. However, he assured, “she does not wish to meet” the Minister of the Interior during his visit to Corsica, adding that such a request for a meeting “has never been made”.


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