one of the three fugitives from the “Petit Bar” criminal gang arrested

one of the three fugitives from the “Petit Bar” criminal gang arrested
one of the three fugitives from the “Petit Bar” criminal gang arrested

By with AFP
Posted on 07/06/2021 at 7:16 am
Updated 07/06/2021 at 7:29 am

André Bacchiolelli, one of the three alleged members of the Corsican criminal gang of the “Petit Bar” who had escaped a police shooting in September 2020 and has been wanted since, was arrested on Monday

He was arrested without violence in Bastelicaccia, on the outskirts of Ajaccio, and was taken into custody at the research section of the Corsican gendarmerie, said a source close to the investigation.

He was wanted as part of the investigation by the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction (JIRS) of Marseille on the attempted assassination of Guy Orsoni, himself prosecuted in various cases of banditry, on September 13, 2018 in Ajaccio.

Powerful criminal group

In this investigation, five people had been indicted, including the alleged leader of the Petit Bar, Jacques Santoni, on October 1, 2020, for “complicity in attempted murder in an organized gang with premeditation”, “criminal association with a view to committing a crime ”and“ concealment by an organized robbery ”.

On September 28, 2020, André Bacchiolelli had escaped a police net, as did two other lieutenants of Jacques Santoni, Mickaël Ettori and Pascal Porri, presumably benefiting from police escapes.

Following this failed net, the judicial police in Corsica had been removed in favor of the gendarmerie from investigations concerning the Petit Bar, investigations which also relate to a financial aspect with accusations of money laundering.

Born in the early 2000s, the “Petit Bar” band, named after a café in the Cours Napoléon in Ajaccio where its members met, has been considered for several years by the authorities as a powerful Corsican criminal group.

André Bacchiolelli is thus one of the three alleged members of the “Petit Bar” gang for whom the Marseille prosecutor’s office, in March, requested a trial at the assizes as part of the investigation into the murder of barrister Antoine Sollacaro in 2012 in Ajaccio.

The prosecution demanded his appearance before the assizes of Bouches-du-Rhône for “criminal association for the preparation of this murder, in a state of legal recidivism”, but also for “attempted murder and criminal association” against Charles Cervoni in September 2012.


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