Top French military school in dock over ritual that left cadet dead


Seven serving and former officers, including a brigadier general, from France's 198-year-old Saint-Cyr military academy were sent for trial on manslaughter charges over the death in 2012 of cade Jallal Hami, 24, who drowned during an initiation ritual for first-year recruits.

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Founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Saint-Cyr military academy has been the breeding ground for France’s officer class ever since. This week, however, the French equivalent of Sandhurst has had to face unwanted scrutiny during a trial into the death of a cadet during an annual initiation rite, reports The Times.