Nothing could make Julien’s heart beat faster than his girlfriend Nuzan’s smile. In a relationship of almost two years, Julien Videlaine, a 19-year-old French-Algerian, and Nuzan U., of Kurdish origin, met in 2012 in front of the Marie-Curie high school in Nogent-sur-Oise. The boy who was passionate about football was in his last year and was preparing for the next school year to join the army as a mechanic at the military base in Creil (Oise). She is preparing for a cosmetology diploma. The attraction between them is instant and their relationship quickly takes a serious turn.
” He was the perfect man “, declares the young woman with long brown hair in a report that was broadcast on TF1 a few years later. “ Smiling, kind, caring, she continues. We wanted to get married, have a child. A sincere love, but lived in secret, the student feared the reaction of his father because of their difference in culture. Warned of this distrust of him, his friends as well as Julien’s father warn him. ” His father was informed both of the intensity of his son’s feelings and of the difficulties for the young woman to live this relationship fully and had warned him that their story might not be very simple and that it was necessary to act with caution. Julien did not want to hear these remarks. He was too young and thought love would win “, explains to Marianne master Justine Devred, councilor of the Videlaine family.
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From then on, the lovers meet discreetly – Julien especially comes to pick up his partner several streets from his home so as not to be seen – and seize the slightest opportunity to spend time together without arousing suspicion. July 24, 2014 is a. That day, Muhittin U., Nuzan’s father, was absent from the family home. Restaurateur, he warned that he would return late in the evening. As for his mother and his brothers and sisters, they went to live with relatives in Belgium. The way is clear. At the end of the afternoon, Julien Videlaine therefore joins his girlfriend at home. The couple decide to run a bath upstairs in the pavilion. But while they are in the bathtub, a noise from the ground floor alerts them.
19 stab wounds
Nuzan emerges from the water, listens intently, then crouches down to look under the door. She then sees her father on the landing. He asks her to follow him downstairs. She is panicking. Julien left her clothes in her room, she has to hide them before he sees them. But when she goes out into the corridor, Muhittin U. appears, knife in hand, and attacks Julien. Nuzan tries to intervene, her hand is injured. The man continues to pound frantically, then stops, walks down the stairs, puts the knife in the kitchen and flees.
In a state of shock, Nuzan calls the emergency services. At 7:10 p.m., the police and firefighters entered the house and headed for the bathroom. They discover the young soldier in a sitting position, knees bent to his chest, head between his legs. He is naked, covered in blood, his body perforated on all sides. He was stabbed 19 times, including three in the heart. To the police, Nuzan describes the murder of her boyfriend by her father, explaining to them that the latter was bitterly against her relationship with Julien, as the latter was not of Kurdish origin, like her. The year before, a classmate had reported her to her father. Muhittin U. had then confiscated her mobile phone, and would have threatened her with her life if she continued to see the young French-Algerian. Her mother had considered sending her to Turkey to find her a husband. Despite these threats, the young woman remained in a relationship with the soldier, but went into hiding to avoid reprisals.
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Furthermore, she states that before she fled, her father would have promised to kill her. She was immediately placed under police protection and placed in a secret location. The “Honor” crime thesis then emerges. The police are looking for the father, who still cannot be traced. And with good reason he fled to Turkey. According to the information gathered by the investigators, he would be installed around Batman, a border region of Syria where he comes from. Despite the accuracy of this information and the issuance of an international arrest warrant on 9 September 2014, nothing happened for several months.
An angry father
In November 2015, the parents of the victim challenged the French authorities. “ The investigators have the culprit, evidence and a witness. We demand that they put pressure on Turkey so that the murderer of our son is arrested “, Claude Videlaine demands The Parisian. Especially since the suspect is not hiding, and shows his new life on social networks. ” He was seen going to parties, with friends or family. We are living a nightmare. It is unbearable “, laments the bereaved father.
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Mobilized, the young man’s relatives multiply the actions so that their child’s crime does not fall into oblivion. Arnaud Dumontier, mayor of Pont-Sainte-Maxence, where the family lives, demonstrates his support by displaying two impressive portraits of Julien on the facade of the town hall. After a white march in July 2016, Claude Videlaine expressed his pain and his anger: “ Assassin, you have an angry father before you. I will never let you go! The wait will last almost four years until the Turkish police arrest the refugee in May 2018. An extra year is needed for his extradition to France given the appeals he is making.
Before the investigating judge, Muhittin U. denies an honor killing. On July 24, 2014, he is worried about his daughter not answering the phone and decides to rush to his house to make sure she is okay. As he enters the house, he hears screams coming from upstairs. He recognizes Nuzan’s voice and perceives a man’s voice. Thinking she is the victim of an assault, he grabs a knife from the kitchen and goes upstairs. Then he goes into the bathroom and is confronted by a naked man. ” To him, he is a burglar “, sums up master Franck Berton, his lawyer, with Marianne. Muhittin U. imagines that the man is trying to abuse his daughter and then says that he has “ lost control and hit Julien Videlaine with the knife. The man adds that he was not aware of his daughter’s relationship with this boy, whom he had never seen.
” An opportunistic discourse, an acceptable version of the crime that he had time to polish during his years on the run “, opposes Master Devred, who rather conjures” the emphasis on tradition, conservatism and respect for culture “, values deeply rooted in the defendant, to more likely explain his gesture. Confronted with his father’s statements, Nuzan then reconsiders his initial claims and agrees that he had never heard of his girlfriend. As to the unfolding of events, he became confused in his mind.
Muhittin U., who is accused of murder, is sent back to the attackers. After an adjournment, the trial will begin on September 19. A hearing eagerly awaited by the victim’s relatives, who according to their lawyer ” has the mad hope that the accused has a tongue of truth. They are also preparing for the worst, which is that this one is stubborn in his improved version of the truth. “.