The man suspected of having placed an improvised explosive device in the Saint-Etienne cathedral in Toulouse on Friday was charged and imprisoned on Saturday. The incident did not cause any casualties and the anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office was not seized.
The 47-year-old man, “was indicted for premeditated violence that did not result in total incapacity for work (ITT)”, and placed in pre-trial detention, underlined the Toulouse prosecutor’s office, recalling that the suspect had a criminal record. “He had notably been convicted of threatening with a weapon that did not result in an ITT,” he said.
According to a source close to the case, the suspected man was also involved on March 23 in a suspicious package story in a Toulouse metro station.
An “alteration of responsibility”
According to the prosecution, a psychiatric report detected in the indicted an “alteration of responsibility”, but he “remains criminally responsible for his actions”. A judicial inquiry has been opened.
The man was arrested on Friday in Balma, a residential suburb of Toulouse, a few hours after entering the cathedral around 8:30 a.m. and placing a package at the foot of the altar. As he ran away, he had bumped into the sexton who was trying to hold him back. The monk asked the faithful to evacuate the cathedral, which adjoins the prefecture, and alerted the police.