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Eric Sommer is accused of "murder" he claims not to have committed and sleeps for 4 and a half months in the central prison of Saint Lucia Antilles.Son father launches SOS authorities
André Sommer sent a letter to Laurent Fabius, imploring him to intervene.
Another letter to the office of Governor-General of Saint Lucia, the island nation in the Caribbean
, where his son of 48 years, Eric was jailed for more than four months for a "murder" he claims not to have committed .
On May 12, Eric Sommer's son André, adventurer professional is anchored on the island, where it arrived less than a week before. For over 15 years he traveled the world on his yacht The Protinus, accompanied by his dog, Dogmatix. And stops where the door the wind
, depending on meetings and jobs it finds.
May 12th, Eric hears a noise
and goes on deck
to see what happens. It is then face to face with a man who is unable to explain the reasons for his presence. The tone rises, two men
fight without getting hurt. Eric and, according to him, throws him into the water
as the boat which had hitherto led, of course, take the tangent. The intruder then began to swim to shore.
The adventurer Cagnois, convinced that the case is over, back to business. "You know, since he skims the seas, he saw other. Moreover, it is also why he has a dog, it warns of a possible intrusion on the boat, "says André
But two hours after the incident, a police boat docks and local police boarded the Protinus.
Eroded by his first lawyer
Eric was arrested and placed in custody at the antenna
police ... accused of "murder". André says: "In this country, there is no distinction at home in the charges."
His son will be five days at the police, "in a row" before being detained at the central prison of St. Lucia.
"When the police came looking for him, he told everything of course. Intrusion, the fight and the guy is left to swim, "says André. "Except that the guy did not swim well. He arrived with great difficulty on the shore, where witnesses at the scene had called the police, "says his father. "The man died on the shore, in the presence of police officers."
The five masts moored about 200 meters offshore
"At the police station, Eric had the time and the right to call me," says the father still fighting but still very experienced.
This resident of Haut-de-Cagnes, a former naval officer, took counsel swiftly away. Someone who had been recommended. "He made me believe that I could apply for parole. In all I paid him 13,000 euros to mount folders. Nothing worked. And I changed my lawyer the day I learned that mine had fired his gun at two people in a nightclub, "laments Andrew. "With my new lawyer, I realized that I had been cheated by this shyster. '
On 5 October, the prisoner will - finally - a judge. "This is not a trial. This is just a hearing. Two solutions, or it is released. Or there will be trials. " But when? "Impossible to know. There are prisoners who have been there three or four years, just because they stole something from a store. Those who have money
are however released on bail ... but not a stranger, let alone a French. '
The man who died on the coast was well known to the local police. According to lawyer Eric, he was a thief and a drug trafficker known: "He was dealing on the beaches in approaching people under the pretext of reading the lines of the hand. '
Perhaps it suffice to prove he's good faith Eric. But maybe not. Fortunately, the death penalty is not short in St. Lucia, the Commonwealth realm. But significant prison sentences, though. This is why Andre calls the French authorities. "I request that my son has a speedy trial, just and dignified," despairs he.
André restarts tomorrow at St. Lucia. "I got my ticket for a month now. Until now, it was the vacancy of the judiciary so I could not act. "On his arrival, he has an appointment with the new lawyer Eric. André is also in constant contact with the Embassy of France
in Castries, the capital of the island. "Sometimes they call my son on the phone
. The guards then leave his cell. I can not call it. '
"I feel that my son holds out. What does hold is that he knows he has done nothing, and normally there are witnesses to prove it. At the same time, I know that on this island, the French were not good press. And until when will it hold? "Cares what Dad would do anything to get his son from this nightmare.
Can any of the circumstances of the case be substantiated? Come on now, with no witnesses, no video, no forensics...Wait, yes, find out their religions and then ask their god(s) what happened. Of course if they are atheists and don't believe in an omniscient diety, there may be no way to tell what really happened.
Sometimes, in some places, you can be guilty of "negligent homicide" even if the press can't figure out that ain't murder. Even the Popes have made the same mistake, translating the Commandment against murder as being against "kill"ing. The difference seems to confuse folks.
If you throw someone overboard
, for whatever reason, and as a direct result of your intentional action they drown and die, you're going to be up on charges. Even here in the US.