Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

French MPs debate whether or not to recognise Palestine

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

The 'Stagnation Trap', with Catherine Mann, Chief Economist at the OECD

Read more

FOCUS

Thiaroye, a dark chapter in France and Senegal's common history

Read more

DEBATE

Hollande and Africa: French president speaks to France 24

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Ferguson and race relations in the US

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Burkina Faso: Calls for probe into 1998 murder of journalist

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

All dogs may go to heaven after all

Read more

ENCORE!

'An American in Paris', a truly transatlantic collaboration

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Oil prices 'could fall further' without OPEC output cut

Read more

France

Longest-serving French inmate wins parole

© Photo courtesy of prisoners group Ban Public

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-22

Philippe El Shennawy (pictured), a French convict infamous for being the longest-serving prisoner alive in France and a string of escape attempts, will be released on parole on Friday.

“It is a big relief,” his lawyer told reporters on Wednesday, adding that the convict would have to wear an ankle bracelet for a period of two years. “He is going to live with his wife. He is very, very happy.”

Short in comparison to prison sentences in other countries, the 38 years El Shennawy spent behind bars made him the longest-serving inmate alive in France.

In France, prison sentences even for the worst crimes are usually limited to 30 years of incarceration, with inmates often paroled or freed after that time.

El Shennawy, now 60, was found guilty of robbing a Paris bank and taking hostages in 1977, crimes he has always denied committing.

He was released in 1990, but wound up back in jail after breaking the rules of his parole.

He took flight in 1997 and again in 2004, hiding from police for months, during which time he committed several armed robberies before being apprehended.

He also made headlines after hunger strikes and challenging the French justice system.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-01-22

COMMENT(S)