French teen deaths trial reopens

2012-10-31 20:58
Bouna's brother (C) and father (L) lay down flowers in Clichy-sous-Bois, north of Paris during a ceremony to pay tribute to Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore. (AFP)

Bouna's brother (C) and father (L) lay down flowers in Clichy-sous-Bois, north of Paris during a ceremony to pay tribute to Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore. (AFP)

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Paris - France's highest appeals court has reopened a trial of two police officers accused of failing to help two teens whose 2005 electrocution deaths sparked riots across the country.

The court on Wednesday overturned a decision made by a lower court last year, which dropped a "failure to help" case against the officers for lack of concrete evidence.

The two, boys, 15-year-old Bouna Traore and 17-year-old Zyed Benna, were electrocuted while hiding from police in a power substation in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois on 27 October 2005. Frustrated minority youth in suburbs around the country blamed the police for the deaths and erupted in anger, setting cars ablaze and smashing store windows.

The case will now go to the appeals court in the French city of Rennes.

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