Yvan Colonna’s state of health “is still very serious, he has never come out of a coma” since his attack in prison, explained one of his lawyers, Me Patrice Spinosi.
“Hope exists but it is tenuous“, declared the lawyer of the Corsican detainee, specifying that”in the current state Yvan Colonna is well cared for in Marseille and is not intended to be moved“:”The challenge of his return to Corsica will exist if he comes to recover“.
On France Inter, Me Spinosi refuted the diagnosis of “brain death” which had circulated on the evening of the attack: “This is incorrect, (…) the brain is still active, after knowing how and will it really be able to restart, this is the question that doctors ask themselves“.
The Corsican independence activist, sentenced to life imprisonment for his participation in the assassination of the prefect Erignac in 1998 in Ajaccio, was attacked by a fellow prisoner on March 2 in Arles prison. Since this event, the tension has risen sharply in Corsica, to culminate in “riots” Sunday in Bastia, according to justice. According to a last assessment Tuesday with Arnaud Viornery, public prosecutor of Bastia, these scuffles left 102 injured, including 79 members of the police.
Me Spinosi also confirmed on Tuesday the announcement the day before by another lawyer for Yvan Colonna, Me Sylvain Cormier, that a request for suspension of sentence for “committed vital prognosis” will be filed this Tuesday morning. It will be examined by the sentencing judge.
There will be “actions brought against the State”
“It’s a faculty, he doesn’t have to do it“, specified Me Spinosi, but it would be “just a situation of coherence, today Yvan Colonna is no longer in detention because of his condition and he is destined to no longer be considered as such“. Me Spinosi confirmed that “of course there will be actions taken against the Statefrom Yvan Colonna’s family.
“The time today is not for this type of approach, (…) but it is certain that there will be questioning of a fault or a failure of the administration“.
Asked about the arrival of Gérald Darmanin on Wednesday and Thursday in Corsica, to open “a round of talks” with elected officials on the future of the island, the lawyer recalled that “the presence of an interior minister in Corsica has never been a calming factor»; “We’ll see if this is a first !”
Regarding the tension on the island for almost two weeks, the lawyer recalled on France 2 that the family of the Corsican detainee “calls for calm and for there to be no more violence perpetrated in name of Yvan Colonna”.
However, he assured,she doesn’t want to meet” the Minister of the Interior during his visit to Corsica, adding that such a request for a meeting “was never made“.
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