Saturday, September 30, 2023

Kheira Hamraoui case: the player speaks after the imprisonment of Aminata Diallo

After being placed in police custody on Friday September 16, Aminata Diallo was immediately indicted and placed in pre-trial detention in the Hamraoui case for “violence aggravated by three circumstances resulting in total incapacity for work of less than eight days and association of malefactors.”

Four other suspects, suspected of having participated in the attack, were also indicted on the same charges. Three of them acknowledge their presence on the day of the assault with iron bars. “They say they know the reason for their recruitment and their presence, explains the prosecutor. The fourth man admits having struck the victim. “These four men implicate Aminata Diallo as the prosecutor explains. She is presented as the sponsor of the violence “to allow her to occupy the position of the victim during future competitions”, specifies the prosecutor.

After the incarceration, Kheira Hamraoui, very marked since the beginning of the case, spoke at length to the JDD. “I am still in shock. I did not experience a month of suffering after my attack, but ten long heavy months. I was lynched, I was dragged through the mud. While I was victim of beatings with an iron bar in the legs. I often tell myself that I have not suffered one but several attacks. To the physical one have been added moral attacks. Psychologically, it can kill someone. I have also been the target of a smear campaign on the football pitch. It’s hard,” lamented the French international, who remains “bruised, devastated and worried.”

What do we know about the attack on Kheira Hamraoui in November 2021?

According to the newspaper The Team who first reported the facts in 2021, Kheira Hamraoui was attacked on November 4, after an evening between the players and the staff of PSG, near the Bois de Boulogne, in the Paris region. When they had just dropped off one of their partners in front of her home, Aminata Diallo and Kheira Hamraoui, who were sharing the same vehicle, saw two strangers appear, their faces hooded. The two men would have asked the two players to open their doors. Kheira Hamraoui reportedly tried to resist as his attacker grabbed an iron bar. Once on the ground, she will receive several violent blows to the level of the legs.

In L’Equipe on November 17, 2021, some key elements of the attack were revealed. After dropping off Sakina Karchaoui, Aminata Diallo and Kheira Hamraoui would have taken to the road again and “a few moments later, having arrived at “a truck or a fairly high van”, parked on the left of the road, the two players would have seen appearing in front of the hood of their car, two strangers, faces masked by black balaclavas. “At that moment, I don’t see a weapon. They immediately start shouting: ‘Open the door! Open the door!”, The player would have explained to the BRB police. “The one who was on my side grabbed me and pulled me out of the vehicle. Before, he grabbed a rectangular iron bar that he had hidden in his pants or under his sweater. He gave me a first blow from the first moments of the attack to force me out of the cabin. I fell on the road then on the right side of the roadway. My attacker hit me with an iron bar several times. I saw that he was mainly aiming at my legs and I was trying to protect myself with my hands.”

During his hearing, Kheira Hamraoui would also have described the attackers quite precisely. The latter would be aged “20-25 years”, “about 1.85 m”, “thin build”, “dressed in dark”. She would also have added that they had a “scum accent” (sic). Investigators would seek from the beginning of the case to understand how the car could be spotted and then blocked so easily. Kheira Hamraoui reportedly explained that two other of her teammates, Jordyn Huitema and Celin Bizet Ildhusøy, told her that when she left the restaurant, they saw a car following them. Finally, according to L’Equipe, the police do not rule out the track of a geolocation beacon, a surveillance device that would be frequently used in the middle of organized crime.

Why was Aminata Diallo suspected in the attack on Kheira Hamraoui?

Why was Aminata Diallo, the PSG player, teammate of Kheira Hamraoui, placed in police custody in mid-November 2021 and mid-September 2022? According to several sources, the track of an internal rivalry within PSG was quickly explored by investigators. After the aggression of November 4, 2021, Kheira Hamraoui could not indeed honor his place as a starter in the Champions League against Real Madrid while Aminata Diallo, his competitor in the same position in midfield, was a starter. Called up to the France team after two years of absence, the victim also had to forfeit and was replaced by … Aminata Diallo.

According to L’Equipe, Aminata Diallo was “very cooperative” and “very correct” during her first police custody, in November 2021. The midfielder denied having the slightest involvement in this attack and would also have assured that he has no interest in attacking his teammate and friend Kheira Hamraoui in this way. The footballer had at the time been cleared of all suspicion. His lawyer, interviewed by BFM TV on November 16, had in passing castigated the treatment of his client. “I am very happy, definitely I believe, that my client is exonerated,” he confided. “She came out free from police custody, in my opinion, infamous, scandalous and inconsistent. Infamous because they brought shame to her and all her family. Scandalous because she came out without any charge is brought against her and inconsistent because it seems that the investigation is being refined, that other avenues are being studied. I still ask myself the question of a double standard justice. A strong justice with the weak, weak with the strong. We cannot have an extremely cautious justice with the strong, the powerful, the stars and a hasty justice which crushes, in its judicial system, the little people, the unknown, the anonymous. This is no longer acceptable”, he had lamented.

This Friday, September 16, Aminata Diallo was again arrested at her home and placed in police custody in the case of the attack on her former PSG teammate, Kheira Hamraoui, in November 2021. According to information from the Parisian this Friday after noon, the player, who has been without a club since the end of her contract at PSG, was to be referred at the beginning of the afternoon this Friday to be presented to an examining magistrate. According a second articlethe parquet floor of Versailles would have requested the provisional detention.

If Aminata Diallo is again in turmoil almost ten months after a first police custody, it is because “new incriminating elements” have been found by the investigators, writes Le Parisien again, which evokes “facts of fraud in an organized gang”. Without giving more details, the newspaper indicates that “telephone tapping” and “extremely thorough investigations” could show that “the young woman was trying to set up a new operation against Kheira Hamraoui with accomplices. “.

In addition to Aminata Diallo, three men have also been in police custody since Thursday, after being arrested on Wednesday at their homes and questioned by investigators from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Judicial Police (PJ). If they acknowledged their presence at the scene of the attack last November, they deny being the perpetrators. They too had to be referred and presented to an examining magistrate for an indictment, said the Versailles prosecutor’s office.

What was the reaction of Paris-Saint-Germain?

The PSG, aware of the case, had produced a press release in November 2021, taking note of the police custody of Aminata Diallo. “Paris Saint-Germain takes note of the detention this morning of Aminata Diallo by the SRPJ of Versailles within the framework of the procedure opened following an attack last Thursday evening against players of the Club. Paris Saint-Germain condemns the violence committed in the strongest possible terms. Since the evening of Thursday, November 4, the Club has taken all necessary measures to guarantee the health, well-being and safety of its players. Paris Saint-Germain is collaborating with the Versailles SRPJ to shed light on the facts. The Club is attentive to the progress of the procedure and will study the follow-up to be given.” After his release, PSG again communicated, “the club remains at the side of its players to enable them to overcome this ordeal and quickly regain serenity. Paris-Saint-Germain reiterates its confidence in justice to make all the light on the events”.

A time protected by PSG, with a ban on speaking publicly in this affair, the two players finally saw their respective careers disrupted by the scandal. Kheira Hamraoui remained on the sidelines of the group, being the subject of tensions with other players after the affair and struggling to find playing time at the end of the 2021-2022 season as at the start of this season. Arrived at the end of the contract at PSG at the end of the 2021-2022 season, Aminata Diallo has not been renewed and has been without a club since the summer of 2022. At the time of writing these lines, the Parisian club had not reacted to the second police custody of his former player.

Why did Eric Abidal’s name appear in the Kheira Hamraoui case?

The name of Eric Abidal, figure of the French men’s football team in the early 2000s, was mentioned for a time in the Hamraoui affair. According to several PSG players cited by Le Monde and L’Equipe in particular, Kheira Hamraoui would have indeed telephoned the former French international on November 5, 2021, the day after his attack. Why ? According to L’Equipe, this discussion was placed on the loudspeaker, making it audible to two teammates of Kheira Hamraoui: Sakina Karchaoui and Aminata Diallo herself. During this exchange, Hamraoui would have asked Abidal if his wife was capable of hurting him. The player would have answered in the negative before discovering “with amazement” the violent aggression.

According to the account of the first hearings relayed once again by The Team, Kheira Hamraoui and Aminata Diallo both confirmed that they heard the attackers say to the victim: “So how do we sleep with married men?” As a reminder, Eric Abidal was the sporting director of FC Barcelona from 2018 to 2020, a period during which Kheira Hamraoui wore the colors of the club. The French international played for the Catalan club from 2018 until the summer of 2021 when she joined PSG.

Implicated, Eric Abidal’s wife, Hayet Abidal, indicated at the end of 2021, through her lawyer, that she wanted to speak to the police “in order to put an end to the rumor”. “Hayet Abidal has nothing to do with these facts”, added Me Nicolas Cellupica, specifying that his client, a mother, would make “no comment on this file”.


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