Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Bayrou decides to march with Macron

Read more

THE DEBATE

France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 2)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Amnesty chief urges France to 'stay true to its values'

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Certain Women', 'Rock’n Roll' and 'A Wedding'

Read more

FOCUS

#BringBackOurInternet: English-speaking Cameroon hit by digital blackout

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Preaching coexistence: Avant-garde mosque opens in Lebanon's Druze heartland

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Prison guards turn guns on prisoners in Chile, and thousands of migrants stuck in smoky warehouses in Serbia

Read more

FACE-OFF

French presidential race: Le Pen makes groundbreaking visit to Lebanon

Read more

France

Youths handed prison sentences for shooting at riot police

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-04

Four youths from an impoverished Paris suburb were handed jail sentences on Sunday for shooting at police and for arms possession during the November 2007 riots that erupted following the death of two teenagers.

AFP - A court on Sunday handed jail sentences ranging from three to 15 years to four young men accused of arms offences during riots that shook a north Paris suburb in November 2007.
   
For two nights running, young men hurled petrol bombs and bricks at police, torching cars and buildings in the town of Villiers le Bel, after two teenagers were killed in a motorbike collision with a police car.
   
Some 120 police officers were injured, four of them seriously after being hit by buckshot from hunting weapons, according to police figures.
   
Three youths received sentences Sunday of 15, 12 and nine years for shooting at the police while a fourth was jailed for three years for bearing a weapon.
   
Although the sentences were lower than those called for by the prosecution, defence attorneys attacked them as "extremely harsh".
   
The lawyer for the injured policemen called the sentences a "just decision" after the 12-day trial marked by hearings of numerous witnesses.
   
Police unions said the 2007 violence was worse than rioting that hit hundreds of French cities in November 2005 -- also sparked by the deaths of two youths.
 

Date created : 2010-07-04

COMMENT(S)