Montesquiou 2012-12-09 06:02:59
Foi no dia 25 de julho de 1995.
10 anos. Terriveis para os 129 feridos e os familhares dos 8 mortos no Metro
St Michel na Fran a.
Para os de Jean Charles de Menezes, quem sabe daqui a 20 anos ….
Alem do mais o primeiro nome dele (Jean Charles) parece tao … frances !
It was 10 years ago to the day that terrorists struck the transport network
in Paris. A bomb exploded in Saint Michel metro station, killing eight
people and injuring around 100 – the first in a series of five b*****
attacks in France that year.
Martine Boutros-Hescoat was working at the station at the time. She was one
of the first to reach the victims and 10 years later, she is still
“I often come to Saint Michel, I come anonymously, I come to gather my
thoughts, I come because, well, because the deaths are part of me,” she
After the third attack, the trail led towards the GIA – Algeria’s outlawed
Armed Islamic Group, but the investigation was difficult. For one former
member of France’s internal intelligence service, it was just the start.
Jean-Pierre Pochon said: “There were some theories but they were just my
personal thoughts that it looked like what exists today in the radical
Islamist movement, called al Qaeda, in the sense that it was not strongly
structured from the top down, rather it was a horizontal network.”
Although three men were arrested, tried and sentenced, one suspect has never
been through the French judicial system.
Rachid Ramda was arrested in London in November 1995. He was suspected of
having financed the attacks. In London he was the correspondant of Al Ansar
newspaper, in which the GIA claimed responsibility for the attacks. A decade
on, France is still waiting for him to be extradited.
Francoise Rudetzki of the victim support group SOS Attentats said that she
thinks after the attacks in London, the UK will appreciate just how
important it is for the families of those killed in Paris in 1995 to know
Despite announcements by successive British interior ministers that he would
be extradited, Ramda continues to fight attempts to deliver him to French
justice. He has now appealed for a judicial review of the decision by
Charles Clarke in April to extradite him.