Murder of Lola: the suspect’s lawyer excludes any racist motive


Dahbia B.’s lawyer Alexandre Silva during a press briefing at the Paris court on October 19, 2022 (AFP / Alain JOCARD)

The lawyer for Dahbia B., suspected of having raped, tortured and killed a 12-year-old schoolgirl in Paris, Lola, on Wednesday excluded the racist motive and called for an end to “misinformation or even lies” around this case.

Me Alexandre Silva denied the rumor which “would consist in implying that the motive for the murder of little Lola would be animated by a racist motive”, during a press briefing at the Paris court.

“This mobile is absolutely not verified, it is false, it was never considered,” he said.

Dahbia B., 24, was indicted on Monday for murder and aggravated rape of a minor, then placed in pre-trial detention. No aggravating circumstances relating to racism have been retained at this stage of the investigation.

“The debate or the political recovery (…) which arise from this rumor and of course the OQTF”, the obligation to leave the territory which had been issued in August to his client, is “a political question on which I will not lean since I am only a modest lawyer”, commented Me Silva.

The circumstances of Lola’s death and the profile of the suspect, an Algerian national, have aroused strong criticism from the right and the far right, who have notably accused the government of mishandling irregular immigration.

The lawyer also wanted to recall that, contrary to what “speakers on the sets” of television assert, “there are a certain number of particularly serious offenses which incur incompressible life imprisonment, that is- that is to say without the possibility for the person of ever leaving prison”.

“The offense which is specifically reproached to my client belongs to one of these qualifications”, underlined Me Silva.

In addition, he recalled that a person declared criminally irresponsible “can spend his entire life in a psychiatric hospital as soon as he is not deemed fit to be released, if I dare say so”, he insisted.

As in any criminal procedure, one or more psychiatric expert opinions will be ordered during the investigation to determine the criminal responsibility of Dahbia B., who is said to be suffering from psychiatric disorders.

“I bring these details because these misinformation or even these lies have the effect in the mind of the public of arousing anxiety and especially of not having confidence in French justice”, also affirmed Me Silva.

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