four men in custody, three acknowledge their presence at the scene

Four men were in police custody on Thursday in the investigation into the November attack on Paris international player SG Kheira Hamraoui, and three of them admitted their presence at the scene.

These three men, arrested Wednesday morning at their home and questioned since by investigators from the Brigade for the Repression of Banditry (BRB) of the Versailles judicial police, acknowledged their presence at the scene of the attack, according to a source close to the record and a judicial source.

Aged in their twenties, they acknowledged some involvement, but “the course of events remains to be defined”, warned another source familiar with the matter.

One of them was arrested on Wednesday in Yerres (Essonne), the other two in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges (Val-de-Marne).

A fourth man, aged 19, has yet to be auditioned. He was arrested Thursday morning in Massy (Essonne) and also placed in police custody in the premises of the PJ, according to the Versailles prosecutor’s office contacted by AFP.

These police custody are part of the judicial investigation opened on November 15 in Versailles against X for “criminal association” and “aggravated violence”.

Asked Wednesday by AFP, Kheira Hamraoui’s entourage and his lawyer did not wish to comment.

On November 4, 2021, the PSG player was attacked with iron bars by two men, in front of one of her teammates, Aminata Diallo, as they returned from a team dinner.

The hypothesis of a rivalry between the two Paris Saint-Germain players, who play in the same midfield position, was initially considered.

Aminata Diallo and one of her friends, imprisoned in Lyon, had been placed in police custody but no charge had ultimately been brought against them.

Aminata Diallo has always strongly contested being involved.

– Away from the group –

Kheira Hamraoui, 32, had a trying 2021-2022 season, in the wake of this attack “of incredible violence” in his own words to the sports daily L’Equipe.

“I experienced a real ambush. These individuals were waiting for me behind a truck. They were in the right place at the right time. How could they have been so well informed? ‘today,” she said in June.

After the outbreak of the affair, his relations deteriorated with part of the PSG team, and in particular with the attackers Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani.

Under contract until June 2023, Hamraoui has been kept out of the professional group since the start of the current season.

A situation that she had noted by an usher during a training session last week.

The deputy sports director of the women’s PSG, Sabrina Delannoy, admitted to the microphone of Canal + that “Hamraoui is not part of the sports projects of the PSG and it will remain like that for the whole season”.

Despite the interest of several clubs, the former Barcelonan “wants to honor the last year of her contract: she will remain Parisian this season”, had for her part insisted her entourage to AFP.

His aggression and the dissensions within the Parisian locker room also fueled social networks. Especially when the name of ex-French international Eric Abidal appeared in the procedure: Kheira Hamraoui used a chip in the name of the footballer on his mobile phone.

Eric Abidal was heard in December, as a simple witness. His wife’s claims about her relationship with Kheira Hamraoui caused a stir, with Hayet Abidal asking for a divorce.

In February, Kheira Hamraoui filed a complaint in Paris for “defamation, public insult, threats and invasion of privacy”, against an influencer and an independent journalist.


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