According to the police, Mahamadou Fofana, whom Adama Traore’s family presents as a cousin, was chased on Sunday evening in Marly-le-Roi (Yvelines) while he was trying to load a motorcycle into a van with four accomplices .
The 35-year-old would have stopped the vehicle near the Seine before throwing himself into the river and drowning, despite the intervention of two police officers who tried to rescue him.
The versions differ
According to the pre-autopsy report, “all the signs indicate a drowning”, indicated the prosecutor of Versailles Maryvonne Caillibotte, specifying that the forensic expert was awaiting two expertises, in particular toxicological, in order to confirm with certainty this hypothesis.
This track is however fought by the Traore family. “The autopsy does not allow us to say that he died by drowning,” Assa Traore, cousin of the victim and figurehead of the Adama committee, founded after the death of his brother in 2016 after his arrest by the gendarmes in the Val-d’Oise.
The lawyer of the Traore family, Yassine Bouzrou, affirmed that the body of the victim shows traces “of lesions on the level of the head which correspond to a shock against a hard plane”. He also attacked Maryvonne Caillibotte, accused of having “voluntarily omitted to indicate” this information.
Assa Traore, who says he saw the body of his cousin with his family at the morgue in Garches (Hauts-de-Seine) on Wednesday, for his part assured that he had “the skull completely deformed, as if he had been put 15 blows of batons in the head “. “The scientific findings are different from what Assa Traore says”, replied the prosecutor of Versailles, referring to “skin abrasions on the skull which are recent and some on the right shoulder”.
These lesions “did not play a role in the mechanism of death”, she added, citing the report of the forensic scientist who “as it stands, does not associate them with anything”. The prosecutor also clarified that there was no video surveillance camera at the location of the facts to shed light on the circumstances of the death. Mahamadou Fofana had been the subject of an arrest warrant since 2017 and a sentence of 18 months in prison for drug trafficking.
Yassine Bouzrou has also criticized Maryvonne Caillibotte for having “put forward the criminal record of Mahamadou Fofana and tried to justify the drowning by the fear of going to prison when the investigation has not even started”. The prosecutor for her part announced that the investigation would be entrusted to an examining magistrate by Friday, as requested by the family.