A request for suspension of sentence for “vital prognosis engaged” for Yvan Colonna, between life and death since his attack by a fellow prisoner in Arles, will be filed this Tuesday morning, confirmed one of his lawyers.
His health “is always serious”. Since the assault of a fellow prisoner of which he was the victim in prison on March 2 in Arles, Yvan Colonna, “never came out of the coma”, indicates Me Patrice Spinosi, one of his advisers. Asked about France Inter, the lawyer confirms that a request for suspension of sentence is about to be filed on Tuesday, as his colleague, Me Sylvain Cormier, had indicated the day before.
“When your condition is incompatible with detention, you have the possibility to request that your sentence be suspended”detailed Me Spinosi, specifying that it was not a question of a “favor” but of one “measure prescribed by the code” penal. It is the sentencing judge who is responsible for accepting or rejecting this request. “It is a question of taking into consideration the medical condition” of the Corsican independence activist, insists the lawyer.
“Hope exists but it is tenuous”
Treated in Marseille, Yvan Colonna will not be moved for the moment. “The stake of his return to Corsica will exist if he comes back, for the moment he is where he is treated at best”, specifies Me Spinosi. The Corsican independence activist was sentenced to life imprisonment for his participation in the assassination of the prefect Erignac, in 1998, in Ajaccio. About a possible future revival, his lawyer claims that if “hope exists”he stays “tenuous”.
And to specify that if such a suspension was pronounced, it would only be temporarily: “If there is an improvement in his condition, the sentencing judge will have to re-examine the possibility of a possible reincarceration”. Me Spinosi also confirmed future “actions brought against the State” from Yvan Colonna’s family: “the time today is not for this type of approach, […] But it is certain that there will be implications of a fault or a failure of the administration ”.
In Corsica, the mobilization has not weakened since the aggression of Yvan Colonna. The day after a demonstration of support that turned into“riot”Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced a visit to the island on Monday, where a “real political solution” is expected by the president of the executive council of Corsica. Asked about this visit scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Corsica, to open “a cycle of discussions” with the elected officials on the future of the island, the lawyer recalled that “the presence of a Minister of the Interior in Corsica has never been a factor of appeasement”. “We’ll see if this is a first!”