By Jean-Baptiste Harang
Dans los angeles nuit du thirteen au 14 novembre 1983, entre Agen et Montauban, au lieu-dit Fourrier Six-Basses, un homme est mort. On l'a jeté vivant d'un teach en pleine vitesse, le 343 qui relie Bordeaux à Vintimille.
Cette nuit-là Rachid Abdou, un jeune Algérien, se rend à Marseille après trois jours de vacances, il rentre à Oran. Trois jeunes gens, en path pour Aubagne où il vont s'engager dans l. a. Légion Etrangère, l'agressent sauvagement, le poignardent et le jettent par l. a. portière. Crime raciste ? Violence gratuite ? Ivrognerie incontrôlée ?
Des faits à los angeles Cour d'Assises, Jean-Baptise Harang dit les dernières heures de los angeles victime, le passé des assassins, tout ce que l'on a su avant de juger, et les questions restées sans réponse :
Pourquoi ? Pourquoi trois jeunes gens qui ne se connaissent pas ont-ils lynché un inconnu de leur âge ? Pourquoi personne dans ce teach bondé n'est intervenu ? Pourquoi Rachid Abdou est-il mort ?
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Thomas Hepworth, a local butcher, agreed that Egan wanted to fight but Land refused, even going so far as to buy drinks for Egan as a sign of friendship. Land had said ‘I’ ll go home’ when he got up, trying to avoid the aggression, but Egan had stopped him until Mrs Chappell intervened. Hepworth agreed that Simpson and others were encouraging Egan to fight. Simpson had made signs of fighting to Egan and pointed at Land. Egan had obviously understood what Simpson wanted. No one was backing, or egging Land on to fight, and he tried his best to avoid it.
The brothers, and their mother, who lived there too, all came from Ireland, finding work doing general labouring and ‘navvying’ . Michael, like many other navvies in the area at the time, was employed by Bray, a railway contractor, and had been working there for four months. Unfortunately, as the local newspaper said: Navvies are not the most gentle of human beings and when in a ‘sportive’ mood at work had sometimes seized on Egan as a ‘make-sport’ and plagued him very much. On some of these occasions his passion had risen to a fearful height and he has generally quietened his tormentors by seizing a shovel and showing them by signs that if they didn’ t leave him he would cut off one of their heads with the instrument and kick it high in the air.
Mr Waddy, defending English, then went on to say that even if his client had been present, the charge should have been manslaughter, not murder, because of the misconduct of the keepers in rushing at the poachers and striking them ‘without a word of challenge’ . The prisoners, it was said, were unarmed (the stones were only for weighing down the nets, the sticks for killing game, not people) whereas the keepers had gone ‘prepared for a conflict’ . It was, he said: not fair on the part of the prosecution to produce weapons which it was said the prisoners had used and not the four-foot bludgeons used by the keepers.
Bordeaux-Vintimille by Jean-Baptiste Harang