The investigative chamber of the Versailles Court of Appeal decided on Thursday to keep the police officer who shot Nael Marzouki in Nanterre on June 27 in provisional custody.
Today (Thursday), the daily “Le Parisien” published some leaks about the statements of policeman Florian M. (38 years) in front of the investigators, where the policeman said at the beginning of the investigation that he “worked nine days in a row” without a break. As for the circumstances of the incident, he stated that he and his colleague left the security center in the city of Nanterre on June 27, at around eight o’clock in the morning, and then saw a Mercedes car driving on the bus lane, so he tried to stop it in an ordinary traffic control movement.
Then he confirmed that he, accompanied by his colleague on a motorcycle, approached the driver of the car (who is Nael) and asked him to stop immediately to conduct a traffic inspection. However, according to the General Inspectorate of the French Police, quoting the second policeman involved in the same case, the young man, Nael, did not comply with the policeman’s orders, but rather drove the car at a great speed estimated at 80 to 100 kilometers per hour, and the two policemen were able to catch up with the car, which stopped due to traffic jams at the level of Nelson Square Mandela in Nanterre, then the policeman Florian ran towards the driver, pulled out his gun and pointed it at Nael at the level of the windshield of the car.
The policeman who shot the young man added that he raised his weapon in the face of the young man and positioned himself in a place that allowed him to hit the lower parts of his body, noting that he repeatedly called Nael to stop the engine of the car and that he even hit the windshield of the car to attract his attention to no avail.
He added that his colleague tried to enter the car in order to stop the young man who was driving, but he was unable to do so because the car was moving sometimes forward and sometimes backward.
Policeman Florian added, in his statements, that he felt that he “was in danger, being between the car and a back wall,” explaining that the danger was greater for his colleague because half of his body was inside the car. For this reason, he shot Nael, fearing that he would speed away in his car and “drag” the policeman with him, according to “Le Parisien”.
However, in the same newspaper, leaks were published of the second policeman who was present with his colleague, the policeman Florian. M. by saying that he did not sneak into the car, and that Nael stopped the car engine after only 15 seconds and put his hands on the steering wheel.
During the investigation, a videotape filmed by an eyewitness showing the facts of the event was shown to the policeman who killed Nael. But the policeman, Florian, insisted on saying that he was “feeling in danger because the driver could have dragged him by car, dragged his colleague, or made him fall between the road and the sidewalk.”
The policeman who was accompanying Florian M. also denied That he used the phrase “I’m going to put a bullet in your head.” However, according to the General Inspectorate of the National Police, who watched the videotape, it appears that he “used this sentence.”
On the other hand, members of the General Inspectorate of the National Police who conducted the investigation added that they heard three voices in the video. The first is probably the voice of policeman Florian M. Who said turn off, turn off (meaning turn off the car engine).
Then a second voice, perhaps Nael, who was shouting, “Go away, go away.” As for the third voice, it is likely that the voice of the second policeman who was accompanied by Florian M. “You’ll get shot in the head,” he says.
However, the Institute for Research in Criminological Sciences of the French National Gendarmerie is still carrying out the necessary analyzes of the sound in order to confirm the identity of these three voices.