His lawyer pushes Nordahl Lelandais to recognize all the facts


REPORT – On the tenth day of his trial before the Isère Assize Court, Nordahl Lelandais was questioned, this Friday, February 11, 2022, about the kidnapping and murder of Maëlys de Araujo, 8, on the night of 26 to August 27, 2017, in Pont-de-Beauvoisin. For long hours, the accused remained stuck on his version of the facts, acknowledging the intentional blows to the girl but denying any intention to kill her and any sexual assault. But in the last moments of his hearing, Nordahl Lelandais ended up acquiescing to his lawyer’s questions and “acknowledged all the facts which [lui] are accused”, the kidnapping as the fact of having “voluntarily killed Maëlys”.

I acknowledge all of the charges against me.“Interrogated since the beginning of the afternoon, this Friday, February 11, 2022, about the kidnapping and murder of Maëlys de Araujo, 8, on the night of August 26 to 27, 2017, in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, Nordahl Lelandais uttered this final sentence shortly after 8 p.m. But how to qualify this last-minute twist? Half-hearted confessions? Real confessions? Since then, the debate has been raging, among journalists and lawyers alike, on this unexpected turnaround and a bit scripted.

Proof of the public’s enthusiasm, a long queue formed throughout the day in front of the entrance to the Assize Court, this Friday, February 11, 2022. © Manuel Pavard – Place Gre’net

Because if the words came out of the mouth of the accused, it is impossible to analyze them out of context. This tenth day of hearing was thus particularly awaited – evidenced by the long queue stretching at the entrance to the room – since the opening of the trial of the ex-soldier, on January 31, before the court foundations of Isère. On several occasions, in fact, he had promised to explain himself when the time came, namely during the interrogation on the facts, scheduled for Friday, February 11.

For long hours, Nordah Lelandais first remained camped on his version of the facts

However, for long hours, Nordah Lelandais initially stuck to his version of the facts, acknowledging that he “deliberately kicked“to Maëlys but”with no intention of killing her“, according to him. And then, the end of the hearing approaching, his lawyer, Me Alain Jakubowicz speaks last, speaking directly to his client. No one then expects anything from the accused. , after a very frustrating half-day for the civil parties.

Me Alain Jakubowicz, lawyer for Nordahl Lelandais, may have tipped the trial by pushing his client to recognize the facts, this Friday, February 11, 2022. © Manuel Pavard - Place Gre'net

Me Alain Jakubowicz, lawyer for Nordahl Lelandais, may have tipped the trial by pushing his client to recognize the facts, this Friday, February 11, 2022. © Manuel Pavard – Place Gre’net

After a few questions in the preamble, to prepare the ground, the famous lawyer from Lyon launches. “Do you admit to having voluntarily killed an 8-year-old girl?“, he asks. Response from Nordahl Lelandais: “Yes, master, I voluntarily killed Maëlys.Stupor in the room. But the verbal ping-pong continues.

Do you admit to having voluntarily killed an 8-year-old girl?“, asks the lawyer. Response from Nordahl Lelandais: “Yes, master, I voluntarily killed Maëlys.” Me Jakubowicz continues: “Do you recognize that a little girl getting into your car at 3 a.m. is kidnapping?” “Yes Master“, agrees again the accused.

Me Jakubowicz continues: “Do you recognize that a little girl getting into your car at 3 a.m. is kidnapping?” “Yes Master“, agrees again the accused. The lawyer continues: “Are you aware of having sexually assaulted your two little cousins?” “Yes.” “Do you acknowledge all of the facts with which you are charged?“, asks Me Jakubowicz. Nordahl Lelandais: “Yes.” “‘I would like you to say it“, urges the penalist. And the former dog handler then repeats the famous sentence, word for word.

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