The images of May 28, 2022 from the surveillance cameras placed around the Stade de France can never be viewed, because they have been erased, announced Erwan Le Prévost, director of institutional relations of the French Football Federation (FFF), during a hearing in the Senate this June 9, 2022.
« Images are available for seven days. After seven days, they are automatically destroyed. The only way is that we should have had a requisition to provide them to the different populations “, he explained.
Justice had however been seized, from the weekend which followed, to shed light on the events which took place during the final of the Champions League, which opposed Real Madrid to Liverpool. However, the prefect of police of Paris, Didier Lallement, would only have seized the public prosecutor on the basis of a ” massive counterfeit fraud “, ensuring that between 30,000 and 40,000 spectators would have presented themselves at the gates of the Stade de France without a ticket in good standing. A version, however, called into question, as summarized by France Info.
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Nothing would thus have been requested from the competent authorities, concerning the CCTV images. ” It was up to the public prosecutor to request the requisition of these images “Said François-Noël Buffet, President of the Law Commission, in response to a question from Senator David Assouline.
The images would thus have been deleted automatically after seven days. « On a practical level, the images crash on their own within the time limit that is set by law », Launched François-Noël Buffet, which is not quite correct, since the mandatory deadline isa month maximum. « In general, keeping the images for a few days makes it possible to carry out the necessary checks in the event of an incident and to launch possible disciplinary or penal procedures. In this case, the images are extracted from the installation and kept for the duration of the procedure “, can we read on the official website of the Cnil.
« Evidence has been destroyed by, at least, incompetence commented Senator David Assouline. ” I don’t want to think it’s done on purpose. This is very serious. It is a very important responsibility of the public authority.»
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The images from the CCTV cameras would have made it possible to clarify certain gray areas, at least in three respects:
« What I can deliver to you, it is the feeling that Didier [Pinteaux, responsable sécurité de la FFF] and I had throughout the day at the security PC: the images are extremely violent », a appuyé Erwan Le Prévost, director of institutional relations for the FFF. Didier Lallement admitted to having “well aware that persons of good faith [aient] been gassed and [en être] totally sorry “, but assume the use of these tear gas.
« The organization around the stadium and the attitude of the police turned this beautiful day into a negative day “, meanwhile added the mayor of Liverpool, Steve Rotheram, also invited to speak before the Senate.