The Rwandan murderer of Father Olivier Marie in France had already received four deportation orders, always disregarded. The last one because he was under “judicial control” for having set fire to the Gothic cathedral of Nantes “and could not be expelled,” said the French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin. In addition to the insult of a system with boomerang rules. Not to mention the security breaches: the murderer is a Catholic, but in the previous slaughtering of jihadist priests in the church the cutthroats were well reported in the so-called Fiche S (surveillance) as dangerous characters to keep under control.
Emmanuel Abayisenga, 40, murderer of the priest who had granted him help and hospitality, is a Rwandan who must have some psychiatric problem. Eight years ago he arrived in France asking for asylum, never granted with this reason: “If he returned to his country, it is not proven that he would have been a victim of persecution.” His father of Hutu ethnicity was killed in retaliation by the Tutsis who were themselves slaughtered during the genocide. Some members of Abayisenga’s family would have participated in the massacres. Former policeman denounced having suffered violence in Rwanda, which convinced him to leave the country. His victim, Father Marie, had welcomed him into the community in Mortagne-sur-Sèvre, in the Vendée, making him work in the diocese. No one suspected a murderous drift, but in July last year he set fire to the cathedral of Nantes. “He had psychological problems and tried to regularize his situation on the basis of these problems,” declared the Nantes prosecutor at the time. The asylum application had been definitively rejected in 2019 and had received yet another deportation order. Then suspended after the fire because under judicial supervision. Abayisenga was welcomed back to the diocese, where he committed the brutal murder.
Before yesterday, the last deadly attack on a church in France took place on 29 October. Brahim Aouissaoui, a 22-year-old Tunisian, stabbed to death two faithful and the sexton of the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice. The “migrant” had landed in Lampedusa a month earlier and was then identified in Bari. In the end, we let him go with the travel document that ordered him to leave the country within seven days. He entered France thanks to an identification card issued by an NGO.
Other jihadist killers of priests in France were reported in the famous Fiche S and could, in some cases, be stopped in time. The “surveillance” card also covers gangsters or anarchists, but at least 10,500 are those relating to suspected jihadists. In 2016, 19-year-old Nabil Abdel Malik Petitjean, one of the executioners of the parish priest of the Saint-Etienne-de-Rouvay church, was reported in Fiche S. His accomplice, Adel Kermiche, was even supposed to be under house arrest with an electronic bracelet. Only four days earlier a foreign intelligence had sent the French a photo of Petitjean reported as a terrorist about to carry out an attack, but without his name. Counter-terrorism had failed to identify him in time.
The most famous cases of terrorists reported in Fiche S, who carried out attacks, are Mohamed Merah in Toulouse in 2012, reported for six years, Amedy Coulibaly who attacked a Jewish supermarket after the Cahrelie Hebdo massacre in 2015 and Chérif Chekatt of the attack in Strasbourg in 2018.
Now among the security breaches across the Alps we have the version of the foreign Catholic killer of a priest, who had already burned down a church and despite the refusal to asylum and four expulsion orders remained in France.