Skip to comments.Al Dura Trial Takes Huge Turn - UPDATE (French TV ordered to hand over unedited tapes!!)
Posted on 09/20/2007 9:54:12 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy
PJM PARIS .FLASH: The French Appellate court trial of Phillippe Karsenty in the matter of Mohammed Al Dura - the epochal case of the Palestinian boy allegedly shot by Israeli troops in 2000 - took a huge turn today. Photos of the boy have been accused of being the birth of fauxtography. For the first time the court has ordered France 2 to produce the original tapes that could prove the whole enterprise a fake.
FIRST DISPATCH Appellate Court Presiding judge Laurence Trébucq has demanded that France 2 hand over the 27-minutes of raw footage shot on the afternoon of September 30, 2000 by Talal Abu Rahmeh. France 2 lawyer Maïtre Bénédicte Amblard tried to convince the judge that the request was not appropriate, relevant, necessary or even advisable. But the judge wants to see the outtakes with her own eyes.
This is the first time the French court has made such a demand that would be normal in the US system. The court will now be able to determine if the Al Dura shooting and tape was a fake, as many have alleged.
Maître Amblard was not able to reach her clients to confirm availability of the footage. Todays hearing was adjourned. The next hearing is scheduled on November 14th to view the raw footage.
Details will follow tomorrow.
PING FOR SOME GOOD NEWS !!!
What is Phillippe Karsenty being tried for? Making the Palestinians look bad or making the French look bad?
donât be surprised if these tapes, um, er..get burned in the fire that is going to start, after the car thatâs delivering them to the court, gets into that accident.
Making the French TV producers look bad:
The thought had crossed my mind....
... or “cannot be found. We’ve looked and looked and looked. C’est le vie, eh?”
The real surprising turn in this trial will be if France 2 hasn’t long ago destroyed those tapes, and can actually produce them. I am not holding my breath. As a regular viewer of France 2 news I can attest to their bias.
They must’ve went to the Dan Rather School of Journalism..........
This should be interesting
The French, apparently bringing the press into disrepute is a cause of action in France, though he was only fined 1 franc. Now he's appealing the 1 franc verdict.
The out takes are already available on the internet. If the TV company don’t have copies, there’s a lot that do.
But for the art, the Eiffel Tower and the wine, there seems to be very little difference between France and your average banana republic. Maybe we should start calling it a cheese republic.