VIDEO – Exonerated in 2021 after ten years of proceedings, the police officer spoke to Audrey Crespo-Mara this Sunday in “Sept à quatre”.
His story inspired the film BAC North , directed by Cédric Jimenez and released in cinemas in 2021. Sébastien Soulé is the portrait of the week by Audrey Crespo-Mara this Sunday February 11 in “Sept à quatre”. On October 17, 2012, the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) knocked on the door of this BAC Nord brigadier. He is placed in police custody on several charges including “possession of drugs”.
“Every room in the house goes through it, the garden, the car”, remembers the police officer. He would not return home until several weeks after this search. He was incarcerated for 69 days. The accusations come from a former member of the brigade who gives details “as enormous as they are grotesque”, according to Sébastien Soulé. Along with 17 other colleagues, he is suspected of “organized drug trafficking”. Of “use seizures and racketeer the dealers” that he calls out to. In a word, to be “a scoundrel”.
He is indicted by the Marseille prosecutor’s office, which describes the phenomenon as “gangrene”. “Too fast, too hard. He wanted to quickly manage the crisis situation. The media hype has taken over”he explains, this evening on TF1.
10 years of procedure
“You feel like you’re being wrung out. You suffer from day to day”, he adds. During his time in prison, only one thought occupied his mind: “don’t break down”. He is placed in solitary confinement for his protection. At night, he hears other inmates shouting his name. “I always wondered how they got my first name”remembers Sébastien Soulé who then felt in danger.
After ten years of investigation, he was exonerated in April 2021. “A relief” for the policeman. The brigadier is ultimately only convicted of tax evasion because the conversations when he is wiretapped only reveal the sale of a second home, paid partly in cash, “a kickback to avoid real estate capital gains”.
“There we say to ourselves that it’s over, we can move on to something else”he testifies with emotion before adding: “Nine years of proceedings which are finally coming to an end. Nine years of suspicion. Behind all these police officers, there are broken families and lives. We don’t talk about that”.
If this storm is now behind him, Sébastien Soulé still has a “feeling of shame” towards his family. “My mother saw her son on TV being called a scoundrel. I am ashamed of having embarrassed my family in a situation they should not have experienced.pursues the policeman who tells his story in a book, Cop at BAC Nord published by City.
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