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JUDGMENT – French justice on Friday reduced the sentence from almost 17 years in prison to five years Turkish justice for Fabien Azoulay, a Frenchman convicted of “Possession of narcotics” and extradited to France this summer, rejecting his request for release.
Fabien Azoulay, 43, also a US citizen, was arrested in Istanbul in 2017 in possession of GBL, a solvent classified as a “narcotic drug” and banned in this country, but only as a drug in France. “toxic substance” is listed.
In accordance with the prosecution’s claims, the Paris Criminal Court ruled on Friday, October 1, that, under the transfer agreement concluded between France and Turkey, he could “replace” his 20-year prison term for “import”. – increased to 16 years and eight months after remission in Turkey – to five years.
This is the maximum penalty in France for “criminal association with a view to committing a crime” and “concealment of a crime”, in this case the sale of GBL.
On the other hand, in the name of Turkey’s “continued execution of the sentence”, the court rejected the request for the release of its lawyers Carole-Olivia Montenot and François Zimeray.
He claims he didn’t know the GBL was banned in Turkey
The latter told theAFP however, he planned to submit a request to change the sentence “Monday”, which “must be investigated quickly,” the court president emphasized.
The 40-year-old was transferred to France on August 17 to serve his sentence after four years in Turkey.
Fabien Azoulay was arrested while staying to perform hair implants for buying a can of GBL on the internet that he delivered to his hotel.
This substance, taken in small amounts, can be used as a sexual stimulant.
According to his lawyers, Fabien Azoulay was unaware that the GBL was banned in Turkey.
At the helm, the forties, moved to tears, he said he had “lived four years in hell”. Mainly because of his Jewish religion and because of his homosexuality, his lawyers emphasized.
Me Zimeray spoke of daily forced conversion attempts, a slaughter of another homosexual detainee “before his eyes”, a “burning by a fellow Islamist prisoner” …: “how not to see in this convict a victim of a Turkish judicial system that does not meet the minimum criteria of fundamental rights,” argued the lawyer.
He said there are currently “seven French detainees awaiting transfer” in Turkey.
According to the Elysee Palace and on the advice of Fabien Azoulay, his transfer was made possible after an exchange between Emmanuel Macron and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the NATO summit on June 14.
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