French judges in the dock over priest killer's release


Adel Kermiche, one of two men who attacked a church in Normandy on Tuesday morning and committed the horrific murder of an 86-year-old Catholic priest in the name of the Islamic State group, was at the time on conditional release from preventive detention. The revelation that he was wearing an electronic tag with permission to leave his home near to the church on weekday mornings has caused a storm of controversy in France, and fierce criticism of the judges who decided his release from prison in March, despite the objections of the public prosecutor's office. Mathilde Goanec hears from fellow magistrates of what they describe as a fine line in assessing the true danger individuals like Kermiche represent.

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Soon after the murder of a priest and the serious wounding of another man during an attack on a church in Normandy on Tuesday by two teenagers claiming to act in the name of the Islamic State group, it emerged that one of the assailants, Adel Kermiche, was wearing an electronic tag.