It is, light, lips clamped, eyes fixed, "judge Burgaud". Its childish traits made the newspapers, but it imagined barely human, both referred to as a slogan, eventually symbolize "the judicial fiasco of Outreau. When he opens his mouth, words are struggling to get out. This is Fabrice Burgaud, thirty-four years, examining judge, as he appeared yesterday before the commission of parliamentary inquiry to shed light on the shortcomings of the justice in this case out of standards. His hearing was broadcast by seven television stations.
The tension was palpable. "The expectation is high, we do not disappoint our citizens," explained to readily André Vallini, President of the commission of inquiry, stressing however that "the commission is not a judicial instance. In a hearing which lasted more than six hours, Fabrice Burgaud, surrounded by his two lawyers, Patrick Maisonneuve and Jean-Yves Dupeux, painfully sought to defend his work. Thirteen of the seventeen accused in the case of Outreau were acquitted after two trials, in Saint-Omer in 2004 and in Paris in 2005. A placed fourteenth in review, which said he was innocent, died in prison in June 2002 of a drug overdose. "You you imagine the emotion which is mine." "I am in the presence of persons who were acquitted by the courts of Assizes, today I can feel their suffering, represent me that they have lived," Fabrice Burgaud began.
He said to feel "responsible" but refuses to apologize once again: "I think honestly done my job, without any bias." And for the understanding, he tells the children, rape, martyred, with details sometimes very raw. It emphasizes their trauma, wishing to emphasize that the first "victims" of Outreau, they. "Anyone who has had to deal with this issue will remember these children and their suffering," he pleaded in a shaky voice. A way to justify its choice disputed provisional detention: "It was a measure to protect children."
After his speech, the young judge is lost in confused explanations. Several times he repeats "it was horrible", "I did check", "there were serious and consistent evidence", "doubts in was virtually from the start", "I myself am questioned that said the children". After an hour 30 MEPs questions whizzing. And even if the rapporteur Philippe Houillon guard recalled "that it is probably easy, five or six years after, to repeat history and underestimate the reactions of horror", urges Fabrice Burgaud issues. The sentence judge meet, faltering as if he knew in fault. Members are impatient: "Have you not printing of oriented statements of review implemented", insists Philippe Houillon. "I was trying to understand," argued weakly Fabrice Burgaud. "My life was put in the hands of a kid, this is, reacted Alain Marécaux, one of the paid of Outreau at the end of the hearing.
"I was alone".
Yesterday, j. Burgaud appeared fragile, away from the image of cold monster, simple "technician of the law" that he had previously given himself. "I was alone, no one has told me that I was doing wrong, or the Attorney General or the Board of education," he admitted, ultimately regretting "do not have benefited from the experience of a judge more experienced". After the deposition, it will be more difficult to make the single judge Burgaud an expiatory victim of the dysfunction of the justice. The problem now is clearly that of a real reform of the institution.