France accused of ‘judicial apartheid’ after two police officers cleared of failing to help teenagers whose deaths sparked 2005 Paris riots

A French court on Monday acquitted two police officers accused of contributing to the deaths of two teenagers in a blighted Paris suburb a decade ago that prompted weeks of riots across the country.

The court in Rennes ruled that officers Sebastien Gaillemin, 41, and Stephanie Klein, 38, were not responsible for the deaths of Bouna Traore, 15, and Zyed Benna, 17, in 2005.

Traore and Benna had been chased by police when they entered a power substation to hide and were fatally electrocuted.

A third boy survived the powerful 20,000-volt electric shock with severe burns.

Neither of the officers had a ‘clear awareness of grave and imminent danger’ as required by French law, said judge Nicolas Leger.

The lawyer for the families of theteenagers accused the court of ‘judicial apartheid’, following the verdict.


Twitter is erupting, #zyedetbouna keep an eye on this to see if the Car-B-Ques start.

  • BillyHW

    10 years later?

    • Frau Katze

      That’s what I was thinking too. Talk about slow.

  • Martin B

    They deserved to be electrocuted. When they were fried, the average IQ in France rose by 0.0001 points. In a sane world, officers Gaillemin and Klein would get promotions and the keys to the city.

  • NoPasaran

    What in heavens’ name is “judicial apartheid”? Do these people just put together unorganized collections of words they don’t like and mumble them?

    My suspicion is that it’s the anti-police critics who see nothing but identity politics in what they do,

    • Surele Surele

      “Do these people just put together unorganized collections of words they don’t like and mumble them?” – works for Obama

    • tom_billesley

      Sounds like contempt of court to me.
      The lawyer should have been put in a cell to cool down then brought before the court to apologize.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    ‘A third boy survived the powerful 20,000-volt electric shock with severe burns.’
    Journalists once again show their ignorance of electricity.
    It’s not the voltage that kills you.
    It’s the current.
    You can generate a static voltage of twenty thousand volts by walking across your carpet.
    This is why we can’t have nice things… I mean, a reasonable debate about electric power.

    • Jaedo Drax

      I guess no one should point out that Tasers and the like are in the 60kv to 100kv range?

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Tasers aren’t designed to kill you.
        Well, that’s what they say.

        • Jaedo Drax

          But if the press ever found out that they generated voltages in the 50kV+ range, who knows how much of an outcry they would generate….

          Also, Transformers are not designed to kill you, and if you are too stupid to not touch the things that say Danger High Voltage, or whatever the french equivalent is, then Darwin has an award for you.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            The press don’t understand what voltage is.
            And I wouldn’t trust them to tell anyone about working safely with electricity.
            I work with it everyday.

          • Jaedo Drax

            As did I, but only up to 7.2kV beyond that, we get a contractor.

  • simus1

    The marxists and the muslim fanatics scream and shout nonsense but they couldn’t be happier that their fake martyrs are further “dishonoured by the oppressive French state”.

  • Minicapt

    When will they bill the parents for damage to the sub-sattion?


  • Gary

    Amazing how the Liberal brain operates. Because these idiots were muslims they tried to make the Cops guilty for Criminals that that wanted to avoid being arrested and CHOSE to climb a Fence to seek shelter in a Power Station which had the Fence for a reason.

    So muslims can now break the law and flee which could get them harmed during evasion which isn’t their fault .

    • mobuyus

      It’s always, it was alahs will or it wouldn’t have happened making the muslim an instant victim, to be consoled by the sensitive left.

  • cmh

    you think this will be a bad reaction?? Just wait until ‘Innocence of Muslims” begins running on Youtube again…