Compiegne. Abdeladim El Fattouhi, the seller of “Haribeuh”, sentenced to one year in prison

One of the links in the “haribeuh” traffic was sentenced to one year in prison by the Compiègne court – Illustration photo by Alexas Fotos on Unsplash

“Haribeuh, life is beautiful, there are weeds and teuchi.” According to prosecutor Marie-Céline Lawrysz, this cover of the famous advertisement for Haribo sweets is today the fashionable refrain on Compiègne’s playgrounds. Barely out of a month’s prevention in schools about the dangers of drug use, the judge has just pointed out and can only be indignant: “Haribeuh, I do not want to hear about it from eleven year olds anymore.”

Police hit the door to the apartment

It is for one of these “Haribeuh files” that Abdeladim El Fattouhi, a 20-year-old homeless man, will appear on Monday 23 May, convicted in April of drug smuggling – and subsequently expelled from Compiègne. But the young man does not seem to have anything to do with this ban, because it was in a hall in the square Gustave Charpentier – in the middle of Clos-des-Roses – that the police saw him on 27 April. Wearing a tracksuit and cap, El Fattouhi, the “Haribeuh salesman”, is completing a transaction. The police will then arrest him, but the young dealer prefers to go on his heels. The crippled El Fattouhi – who is running in step dance – overturned by a motorcycle the previous month, one of his two feet tied, manages to seek refuge in a nearby apartment (number 93), which acts as a wet nurse for the traffickers. When he locked himself in, Abdeladim El Fattouhi then took the opportunity to throw a sports bag with several bags of hash out the window. At the same time, the police knock on the door of the apartment and arrest the refugee. In the middle of the puzzle, the search found a precision scale and several packages as well as 394 grams of hash resin, a few grams of heroin, but also 2,580 euros in cash.

“Five joints every day”

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El Fattouhi was released from prison in February, convicted last year by the same court of drug smuggling – and therefore in a state of recidivism – and shows up under escort on Monday 23 May. “I was not the dealer”says the accused from his box, accused of “Unauthorized supply or transfer of drugs”. El Fattouhi denies the allegations against him, but answers each of the questions asked by President Baptiste Bonnemort, and wants to convince the court: “I fled because I’m excluded from the city. The apartment is my colleague’s, the door is always open. He said to me, ‘When you have problems, you can come to the apartment.’ Regarding the sports bag that was thrown out the window a few moments before his arrest, El Fattouhi simply mentions “panic”. To inform the court of a debt of 7,000 euros, which he owes to other dealers in Clos-des-Roses (due to his previous case), the young Abdeladim – who also admits to smoking “five joints every night” – declares that if, despite the ban, he returned to Compiègne, it was because he had “friends to see”.

“Mr El Fattouhi considers the court to be an imbecile”annoyed prosecutor Marie-Céline Lawrysz, convinced that the defendant is “a notorious trafficker from Clos-des-Roses”. And to assert, in support of his dissertation: “You do not go to a nanny apartment by chance.” To recognize “dramatic personal situation” by Abdeladim El Fattouhi, she seems to regret it “something has escaped National Education, something has escaped his parents, something has escaped society”. She demands 1 year in prison – with continued detention. As an additional punishment, she asks for a (new) ban from Compiègne for a period of 3 years.

Crime as “a form of survival”

For me Adel Farès from Paris Bar, “the crime of [s]a client, abandoned by his parents, and whose history [l]e touch, is akin to a form of survival “. And the lawyer to believe in the future: “Mr El Fattouhi is still able to fit into the community.” But he still can not help but play the ominous bird: “El Fattouhi, you will still see many of them come by, and like the parquet floor, I regret it.”

Abdeladim El Fattouhi was found guilty of the charges against him and was sentenced to 6 months in prison – with continued detention. In addition, the court abolishes a suspended sentence of 6 months. It is therefore a year of imprisonment that El Fattouhi must serve. Finally, as an additional punishment, he will be banned from appearing in Compiègne for a period of 2 years upon his release from custody.


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