September 30, 2023


Moving Forward

Four drug traffickers in Marseille tried for torturing a child “freelance” dealer

“They taken care of me even worse than an animal,” reported the youthful male who was crushed, burnt, and forced to snort cocaine by drug traffickers.

Four people are on demo from Friday at the Aix-en-Provence assizes for the lynching of a younger drug seller in August 2019 in Marseille. 


The teen was kidnapped and tortured right away with some elements of his system burnt with a blowtorch. 

Independent drug seller 16-12 months-old Mathieu – not his authentic title – was attacked by a community of organised drug sellers in Marseille who claim monopoly in excess of all the illicit trade in the area. 

The hearings will highlight the silence imposed by traffickers on the city’s full 3rd Arrondissement, one of the most impoverished in Marseille.

In November 2022, one particular of Mathieu’s torturers, trialled by the juvenile courtroom, was sentenced to 10 yrs in prison for kidnapping and sequestration accompanied by torture and barbaric acts. Mathieu had identified him as the a single who experienced forced him to choose cocaine.

Only 1 of the 4 accused admitted to the beatings but claimed to have “nothing to do with what transpired later on”. All 4 encounter everyday living imprisonment.

‘They taken care of me like an animal’

Mathieu started out to promote medicines just after leaving the Baby Welfare household in hopes of earning €500 a working day in 2019, times in advance of the lynching transpired. He was recruited into the drug dealers’ community just after arriving in the area of Le Micocouliers, a single of the lots of drug income details in the town.

The law enforcement arrested him shortly right after, but Mathieu managed to disguise 15 grams of cocaine and 10 bars of hash underneath a tree. He was positioned by a youth courtroom in a house pending his return to Chartres, accompanied by an educator, but he ran away a few times later.

He recovered the hidden medications and experimented with to resell them as a “freelancer” -without the need of the authorisation of all those accountable for this site visitors hotspot in Marseille.

Denounced by a younger watchman, he was quickly surrounded and overwhelmed with fists and iron bars and then taken to an deserted basement, where by the drug dealing network’s members lived.

“They treated me worse than an animal,” said Mathieu, who was then entirely bare, tied to a chair with an electric cable, then overwhelmed and burned forty instances with a cigarette. “In the basement, there were being a whole lot of men and women, they hit me, they designed me snort coke.”

In the center of the evening, although he was blindfolded, two “developed-ups” advised him that he was “going to die”, inducing a panic that nearly led to Mathieu having his personal daily life. 


“They burned my genitals. I believe it was a blowtorch since I was blindfolded, I felt air and a major hearth. I screamed in ache”, he mentioned. He admitted trying suicide by choking on the rag that his jailers had stuffed into his mouth to escape the unbearable suffering. 

The verdict is anticipated on Friday, September 15.