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Rwandan refugee working as diocese volunteer confesses to setting Nantes cathedral alight – lawyer

Rwandan refugee working as diocese volunteer confesses to setting Nantes cathedral alight – lawyer


A 39-year-old man, who had already been detained, questioned and launched by French police, was introduced into pre-trial custody once more, having admitted to beginning fires on the 15th-century cathedral within the western metropolis of Nantes.

The spectacular Nantes Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul fell sufferer to a blaze again on July 18, with a number of fireplace brigades scrambled to place out the flames. Because the story developed, investigators established that the person – who labored as an altar server – was the one who closed up the constructing for the evening.

He was briefly detained by police final week however was then launched as detectives did not hyperlink him to the fireplace. Nevertheless, late on Saturday, he was charged with arson earlier than being put in pre-trial detention, French media reported, citing the 39-year-old’s lawyer.

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“My shopper cooperated [with police],” mentioned lawyer Quentin Chabert. The person in query advised the Justice of the Peace court docket that he lit three fires within the cathedral, which inflicted heavy injury to the cathedral’s 17th-century organ. 

He’s “consumed with regret and overwhelmed by the magnitude of the occasions,” however feels “liberated” after admitting the involvement, Chabert introduced. 

The suspected arsonist may now face a 10-year jail sentence and a €150,000 ($175,000) superb, Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes mentioned in an announcement, in accordance with the BFMTV.

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