Yvan Colonna, held for the third time for the murder of the prefect of Corsica Claude Erignac in 1998, has threatened to "war" in a letter an another key protagonist of the case so that it reflects in his favour.
This new element was made public at the hearing later Friday by the President of the Assize Court special of Paris Hervé Stéphan, who came to the police. It is a new theatre in this criminal record, the worst in 40 years of violence policy in Corsica.
In this handwritten letter of four pages in the Corsican language, dated December 19, 2010 and published Saturday by several media, the Shepherd relies on his conviction in the second trial of 2009 and is for Pierre Alessandri, sentenced to life imprisonment, to launder it, under penalty of reprisals.
"Despite your words, all your promises (how Pinocchio), you as did not what to do." (…) This will be war! The war. The trial, it will need to assume that you were: a balance. "You have swayed me, you have sacrificed me", can be read.
"And the war out there for everyone." It is necessary that you know: everyone. I am clear. Take this as you want. Threats At me, it's going. "It's like this, I assume," adds Yvan Colonna.
Recommends "that motivate his wife", another Crown witness against Yvan Colonna is released, so that it also reflects in his favour.
Pierre Alessandri, as three other proven players of the crime, had accused Colonna from May 1999 before withdraw in October 2000. Sentenced in 2003, he stated in 2004 that he was the true author of the fire.
His statements to the first two trial of Yvan Colonna had not satisfied, because while affirming ambiguously that his childhood friend was innocent, he alleged his lack of adherence to the cause and its leakage between 1999 and 2003. "Your flight has conditioned your conviction," told in 2009.
"THE MASKS FALL"
Five lawyers of Yvan Colonna did not react immediately. They do disclaim not that the author of the letter is their client. "We will discuss this letter at the hearing, in a contradictory manner, Monday morning", Mr. Eric Dupond-Moretti told Reuters.
Mr. Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse, counsel for the brother of the prefect, think that the letter makes the record clear. "The masks fall, Yvan Colonna is not a victim, but intimidating people with threats of death." "It says the terror of the women from testifying", he told Reuters.
The circumstances of the seizure of this letter by the police are still unknown. It has not yet been assessed.
Hearing last Thursday, Pierre Alessandri had confirmed the new story of Yvan Colonna, presented by the prosecution as the author of fire on the prefect, to try to prove his innocence at the Paris assize court.
According to this new version, appeared this week after 13 years of procedure, Yvan Colonna said have been contacted to be part of the Group of killers but he refused, which would have created a sense of grudge supposed to explain that the perpetrators of the crime have put in question wrongly.
However, Pierre Alessandri had added to the story of bitter declarations of Yvan Colonna, as a nationalist activist disinclined to take its commitment.
This coup de theatre occurs in a trial marked again by defections of witnesses and other evidence ambiguous of the other protagonists of the case, such as Alain Ferrandi, alleged leader of group.
While saying the innocent accused, he apologized little Tuesday last put him in issue from 1999 to 2003. "I thought that Yvan had the means to justify his innocence." "In view of the interpersonal skills of his father, he did not need me", he said.
Jean-Hugues Colonna, father of the accused, was member of Socialist and a member of two Ministers of the Interior offices. He attended all hearings with the sister of the accused, nationalist elected, his brother, relatives, and the young woman that the Shepherd was married in detention in March.