Ten people were indicted in Pointe-à-Pitre for "aggravated theft in meetings by breaking and entering, with damage by fire" for some, following looting of jewelry stores in November, we learned Friday evening, time local, judicial source.
Urban violence erupted in November 2021 in Guadeloupe against a backdrop of social crisis and contestation of the health and vaccination pass put in place as part of the fight against Covid-19. From November 18 to 20, 2021, "six jewelry stores had been looted. One had been set on fire."
The fire then spread to other buildings, causing a major fire in the center of Pointe-à-Pitre. The firefighters then spoke of a "context of urban guerrilla warfare having greatly hampered the delivery of relief on site".
Six people under judicial control
"One or two individuals presented themselves spontaneously" and others "were arrested on Wednesday, Thursday and again this Friday morning, during various operations in the Point area", carried out in particular by the RAID, according to the same source.
Among these ten people, six were placed under judicial control, including a minor at the time of the events, and "two individuals, in a state of recidivism, were imprisoned". The debates on the possible incarceration of the last two indicted have not yet taken place, according to Mr. Desjardins. A first suspect had been presented to the investigating judge at the end of 2021, bringing the total of alleged looters to eleven. Other violence had taken place at that time, targeting businesses, customs premises or law enforcement barracks.
Regarding urban violence, eight men, including a police officer, are indicted and seven have been imprisoned since January 21. They are suspected of having planned and organized the violence at the end of 2021.