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.


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