convicted a Cape Verdean with a long criminal record

Beneath his peaceful dreadlocks look, it’s hard to imagine that this Cape Verdean-born father has seven years in prison on his bench. And that the Belgian, Luxembourg and French courts have, at one time or another, taken an interest in him.

With, in detail, a case of hostage-taking of a policewoman in Athus in Belgium for which he was heavily convicted, fifteen mentions in his file in Luxembourg where the defendant is currently being held for extortion, assault and theft, and now a case of kidnapping in Audun-le-Tiche, in April 2015. The case was tried this Tuesday, December 6 in Thionville, which earned him a 30-month prison sentence, a ban on remaining on French soil and carrying arms for a period of ten years.

Two arrest warrants in 2015 and 2021

Right in his boots, stoic, Eder Tavares gradually rectifies the statement of facts summarized by President Eric Lambert. It was 6 in the morning on April 19, 2015 when the victim knocked on the door of the Audun-le-Tiche gendarmerie. Frightened, with wounds on his face and embarrassed in his wrists, the man explains that he spent the night in an apartment in the town, kidnapped from the Cape Verdean, a certain “Goma”, in the presence of several individuals.

Fallen into an ambush, it turns out that the man is actually a friend of an acquaintance of the defendant, an acquaintance who owes the latter 2,000 euros. The thugs present in Goma had gone to Villerupt to rob it. Gagged, he owed his salvation only to the release of the sleeping offenders. They had left his home with 740 g of cannabis leaves, a drug found by the military in Audun-le-Tiche, and a long 22-gauge rifle, found in the famous “Goma” with ebony hair.

Throughout his retrial, Eder Tavares will minimize his “active” participation during this night in which the victim and his accomplices, sentenced in 2016 to between 24 and 30 months in prison, presented him as “the leader”. Once passed out in the wild, he had been the subject of two arrest warrants in France, in November 2015 and 2021.

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