decision on October 13 on the follow-up to his request for review

Luring a new hearing behind closed doors in one of the most famous criminal cases in France, the defense of the ex-gardener presented “new elements” to the commission of instruction of the Court of revision, declared the lawyer of Omar Raddad, Me Sylvie Noachovitch.

She also requested the designation of a laboratory specializing in genetics as well as the hearings of gendarmes who, according to the lawyer, conducted a “secret investigation” in that case.

“The Advocate General followed me on my request for genetic expertise”told the press Me Noachovitch, with Omar Raddad at his side. “We must reach serenely” October 13, “we have every hope that a decision will be favorable”continued the lawyer.

The investigating committee can either order new expert reports, or reject the request, or send it directly to the Court of Revision, which will have the last word on the organization of a new trial, an extremely rare event in France.

Omar didn’t “kill” him?

Omar Raddad was sentenced in 1994 to 18 years in prison for the murder of Ghislaine Marchal. This rich widow of an automotive supplier was found on June 23, 1991 bathed in her blood, in the cellar of her property in Mougins, on the French Riviera.

Incriminated by registration “Omar killed me”, emblematic of this case, the former gardener has always claimed his innocence. He had received a partial pardon in 1996, which does not cancel his conviction.

Seized of a request for revision for a year, the commission of instruction of the Court of revision had ordered on December 16 additional information.

In particular, she wanted to analyze the conclusions of a genetic expert who studied four DNA fingerprints found on two doors and a chevron of the crime scene, and which do not correspond to the genetic profile of the ex-gardener. It was on these two doors that the inscriptions had been written “Omar killed me” and “Omar got me”with the blood of the victim.

In notes from 2019 and 2020, the genetics expert noted the presence of 35 traces of an unknown male DNA on the inscription “Omar got me” and concluded in favor of the hypothesis of a deposit of these fingerprints at the time of the facts and not of a “pollution” later, in particular by the investigators.

A first request for review filed by Omar Raddad was rejected in 2002.

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