France releases policeman behind killing of teen that sparked riots
AFP | Paris, France
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French authorities yesterday released from custody a police officer who shot dead a teenager during traffic controls this year in a killing that sparked over a week of nationwide rioting, prosecutors said.
The officer fatally wounded Nahel M., 17, during a traffic stop in the Paris suburb of Nanterre on June 27, with massive police deployments unable to contain often violent protests on successive nights that caused significant damage to businesses and property.
The 38-year-old officer, identified only as Florian M., has already been been charged with murder.
While he is no longer in jail ahead of trial, he is under judicial supervision which means restrictions are still placed on his movements.
Investigating magistrates agreed to the latest request by the officer’s lawyer for a conditional release, but said he is banned from speaking to witnesses or plaintiffs, going near the scene of the shooting and from carrying a weapon, the office of the Nanterre prosecutor told AFP.