French police accused of 'doctoring' statements that led to wrongful convictions face legal probe

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Prosecution authorities in France have opened an investigation into police officers who are suspected of having truncated the statements of a key witness and some suspects in relation to a petrol bomb attack on a police patrol car at Viry-Châtillon in the southern suburbs of Paris in 2016. Largely as a result of this doctored evidence some innocent youths were jailed in 2019 and were only released on appeal in April this year. The launch of this new investigation follows formal complaints by five lawyers representing some of those accused, as previously revealed by Mediapart. Pascale Pascariello and Antton Rouget report.

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Police officers in charge of investigating a petrol bomb attack on colleagues at Viry-Châtillon in the southern suburbs of Paris in 2016 are now themselves facing a criminal probe over the case. The officers are being investigated over their questioning of witnesses and suspects about the attack and face claims of “forging public documents”, “intentional violence” and “perverting the course of justice”. According to the news agency AFP this criminal investigation was opened on June 15th by the prosecution authorities at Créteil, south-east of Paris.