An insurance fraud at the origin of the tragedy of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque? Relatives awaiting explanation

“From deep sadness to anger”, here is the evolution of the state of the father of Kévin, this young man of 20 years left with his companion and his two children during the drama of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque. This is testified by his lawyer Me Philippe Capsié, who takes care of accompanying this relative of a victim of the terrible fire which claimed the lives of 8 people on the night of February 14. Feelings that have evolved according to the progress of the investigation.

A difficult hypothesis to hear

While the criminal origin is no longer in doubt today, the thesis of insurance fraud seems to be taking shape to explain the reasons for the setting fire to the building that night. As a reminder, three people were indicted during the investigation. A main suspect, 27 years old, would have set fire to the building by means of hydrocarbons. Two other people are said to be accomplices, namely the manager of the grocery store where the explosion started, then his brother.

Today, if nothing is confirmed by the prosecution, the hypothesis that the grocer wanted to set fire to his establishment to collect insurance compensation would have been heard during the hearings of the main suspect. In any case, this is what our colleagues from The Independent. A very hard track to accept for the families of the victims. “When you understand this, it obviously only replaces sadness with anger”explains Me Capsié, lawyer for the father of Kévin, one of the victims of Saint-Laurent.

The family waiting for explanations

How could it have come to this? This is a question at the heart of the discussions in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque for several weeks, in particular within the families of the victims. “He there is next to that the concern to see how the author or authors will position themselves in the face of the responsibility which is theirs in a passage to the act which is reproached to them”, explains Me Capsié. It is in any case the main expectation of his client today: to know the explanations of the defendants, and in particular of the grocer.

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