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Patrick Henry, held for forty years, and sick, will be able to get out of prison

The oldest prisoner of France, 64 years old and suffering from cancer, will be able to get out of jail Saturday, a-t-on learned from his lawyer and the prosecutor of Melun.

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Patrick Henry, held for forty years, and sick, will be able to get out of prison

The oldest prisoner of France, 64 years old and suffering from cancer, will be able to get out of jail Saturday, a-t-on learned from his lawyer and prosecutor of Melun.

Patrick Henry, held for forty years for murder of a child and cancer, got, Friday, September 15,, suspension of sentence for medical reasons, a decision paving way for his release from prison, a-t-on learned from his lawyer and prosecutor of Melun.

" Who had served a sentence of imprisonment up to forty years of confinement and given life-threatening disease from which he suffers, no one can reasonably consider this decision as a favor judicial unjustified, " said his lawyer, Hugo Lévy. The prosecutor of Melun, Beatrice Angelelli, has indicated that it could come out as early as Saturday of secure unit in which he has been hospitalized since may 15.

Sentenced in 1977 to life imprisonment for murder of Philippe Bertrand, 7 years old, Patrick Henry has asked for a suspension of sentence for medical reasons. In view of his state of health, prosecutor's office has said that it is favorable to his claim. The petition was reviewed on Tuesday, behind closed doors, court of application of punishments (TAP) in Melun. The prosecutor's office did "it seems not retained significant risk of a renewal of offence," said his lawyer, Hugo Lévy. As to "specific terms of his release from custody, "y" seem to have been considered to be satisfactory ", he added.

The detainee has presented guarantees in terms of income and accommodation. It is to be paid a pension, according to his lawyer. A friend, Martine Veys, visiting in prison, committed itself to "rent an apartment" in north of France.

Do not die in prison

a Symbol in its time of struggle against death penalty, Patrick Henry had narrowly escaped guillotine during his trial at end of 1970s, thanks in particular to argument of his lawyer, Robert Badinter. He was n became a face of reintegration, graduating in 2001, after twenty-five years of imprisonment, a parole. But he had quickly broken his image of an ex-inmate model : arrested with nearly 10 kg of cannabis in Spain year following his release, he was returned behind bars.

Patrick Henry has since been presented, without success, multiple requests for parole. The last, accepted by TAP of Melun in January 2016, had been rejected by court of appeal of Paris. The judges had considered that its reintegration projects were not sufficiently "concrete" and felt that he still had to carry a " work on himself ".

This time detainee has invoked his or her state of health. His request was based on article 720-1-1 of code of criminal procedure, which provides that a suspension of sentence may be granted to sentenced persons "with a pathology life-threatening" or those whose " state of health is lastingly incompatible with maintenance in detention ".

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