January 18, 2022

the driver sentenced to 30 years in prison for “attempted terrorist assassinations”

On August 9, 2017, driving his VTC, Hamou Benlatreche had mown down soldiers from Operation Sentinel who were preparing to go on patrol, before fleeing and being arrested, five hours later, near Calais (Pas-de-Calais).

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Hamou Benlatreche was sentenced, Monday, December 13 in Paris, to thirty years imprisonment with a security sentence of 20 years for “attempted terrorist assassinations” of soldiers from Operation Sentinel in August 2017 in Levallois-Perret ( Hauts-de-Seine), injuring six of them.

“The action of hitting the soldiers was voluntary and could not be explained by a fleeting discomfort”, ruled the president of the special assize court, who also pronounced a definitive ban from French territory for this 41-year-old Algerian, who arrived in France in 2009.

Hamou Benlatreche was on trial for a week for “attempted assassinations on persons holding public authority in connection with a terrorist enterprise”. On August 9, 2017, driving his VTC, he mowed down soldiers from Operation Sentinel who were preparing to go on patrol, before fleeing and being arrested, five hours later, near Calais ( Pas-de-Calais).

Six soldiers were injured, including three seriously, and a total of nine of them are recognized as “potential victims”, declared Friday the president of the court.