Saturday, May 21

Justice. A neo-Nazi ex-soldier sentenced to 9 years in prison for planning an attack

The Paris Criminal Court sentenced Aurélien Chapeau to nine years in prison on Friday, found “guilty of acts of individual preparation for the commission of an act of terrorism”.

This ex-soldier, follower of neo-Nazism and weapons, was tried in Paris for “individual terrorist enterprise”. He had been arrested before taking action, but the court sentenced him to this severe sentence because of “preparatory acts” of “very high intensity”.

Arrested in May 2020, this 38-year-old man, an army cook turned security guard, was suspected of having disseminated messages in support of Nazism, acquired weapons and carried out research on places of the Jewish community. .

“The court does not read augurs…”

His sentence, very slightly below the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison required by the prosecution, is accompanied by a two-thirds security period.

“The court does not read the omens, we are not here to find out whether or not you would have acted without the intervention of the police services”, declared the president of the court when pronouncing the sentence. The court, retaining the possession of weapons as well as “the publication of racist, anti-Semitic or xenophobic content”, thus judged that the preparatory level of Aurélien Chapeau was “completely realized” and of “high intensity”.

“The Internet and social networks are not a simple reservoir of hatred from which we draw an abundance of harmful propaganda”, concluded the president of the court, specifying that the beginning of “recognition” by the accused “of the dangerousness of his actions” had been taken into account.

He claims to have been “intoxicated” and to have repented

Aurélien Chapeau repeated for three days that he was “intoxicated with nauseating propaganda” with no other intention than to “create buzz” with his comrades on the internet. He repeated that he had repented, without being able to elaborate on the substance.

The intermediary who provided him with illegal weapons without knowing the ideological context – and who was absent from the trial for health reasons – was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment, including five months suspended.

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