Violent Bus Ride - The Victim Sues
The Institut Pour la Justice, headed by Philippe Schmitt, father of Anne-Lorraine, whose brutal murder in a subway in November 2007 mobilized the sympathy and anger of French Catholics, nationalists, and all those realistic enough to admit the real dangers that French citizens face every day, has created a petition demanding the removal of all charges against the policeman who put online the video of the bus attack.
As of today (April 17) there are 12,943 signatures, if we are to trust the figures in tiny print at the bottom of the petition. Those interested in signing, click here.
The above was written a few days ago, but I have not had time to put it online. Now, in view of the latest development, one can't help wondering if Philippe Schmitt and the 12,943 signatories aren't wasting their time. The following is from the blog of Yves Daoudal:
The victim of the attack in the night bus in Paris, the video of which was seen all over the Internet, has filed a suit... for violation of secrecy in the police investigation and violation of secrecy in the court inquiry.
Note: It isn't clear who is being sued for "violation of secrecy". The Internet??
This is consistent with his interview in Le Figaro, in which he did not condemn his attackers, but rather those who spread the video and "exploited" it for political reasons (the young man is a student at Science Po').
Note: A reminder that many bloggers are connecting the victim's actions with the school he attends: the School of Political Science, which has become, from what the bloggers say, a hotbed of progressivism and radical chic.
We should add that the RATP (Paris Transport) has also filed a suit for... offense to its image. The last straw in hypocrisy and denial of reality.
According to the RATP: "Such images must remain confidential." In Daoudal Hebdo (his weekly newsletter), I point to a similar video, in Australia, sent to a television station by the police with live comments by an officer.
Different place, different mores...
Le Post (via François Desouche) provides this additional information:
Olivier Laude, the victim's attorney, explains that there will be lawsuits against the websites that keep the video online:
- Will you also pursue RuTube, the Russian equivalent of YouTube?
- You have put your finger on the difficulties encountered with sites that are not hosted in Europe or that do not respect the same rules applicable in the EU and in most big countries. There exists a system of police and judicial cooperation, even with Russia. We know that we will have obstacles to overcome but that will not stop us from acting.
- What about websites that keep the video online?
- The law of June 21, 2004 on trust in the digital sector of the economy provides that first, a notice be given, then a summons to court. We will proceed on a case by case basis for the websites that persist in keeping the video online.
- How does your client view the sequel to this affair?
- My client is calm. The attack took place four months ago. He has had time to distance himself. He does not see in it a reverse-racist attack, as you might have read. He sees it as a violent attack but one that harmed him essentially physically for a few days. He is hostile to any form of exploitation by demagogic movements.
Note: The lawyer and his client are making a total separation between the physical aspects of the attack and the motivation or intent of the attackers.
The article points out that the victim is also filing a suit against his attackers, something he did not do in December 2008 during the initial court inquiry.
FYI, there was another bus attack, less spectacular, this time in the city of Toulon. The local paper Var Matin reported the story but the article was not accessible. A "fatal error" message was all I got. However, the Google cache was still there:
Seven young persons, ages 16 -18, were taken to court yesterday (April 9) for aggravated assault committed on a minor, age 17 (...)
On Monday, Laurent was on a bus he takes regularly. Not far away, a young passenger irritated him with music played at an excessively high volume. Laurent pointed this out to him, and the situation soon degenerated. The music lover did not turn down the sound, on the contrary.
Tension mounted and insults rang out. The one with the radio did not like being reproached and began to key in a text message on his cell phone.
When the bus stopped at Place Béguin, Laurent noticed a group of youths. He did not suspect anything, until he began to get off. Then he realized that the welcoming committee was for him. It seems the music lover had called some friends...
When he tried to get back on the bus he was pulled out onto the street. And thrashed. Until, mercifully, the police of the anti-crime brigade arrived.
The young man suffered a broken nose, fractures and bleeding from the ears that could have serious consequences.
The article goes on to explain that seven persons were arrested. They confessed, saying that their goal was to take revenge on Laurent for daring to ask them to turn down the radio.