Not invited, The Team nevertheless invited himself to the press conference of the lawyers of Aminata Diallo, Thursday morning, in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, at the office of Me Mourad Battikh, accompanied by My Chloé Redon and Romain Ruiz, his other advisers. A good twenty journalists and as many cameras and microphones took place in the small central room for this first speech open to – almost – all of the defense of the player, released, under judicial supervision, Wednesday evening after its passage before the judge of freedoms and detention of the judicial court of Versailles. Summary.
“We are very happy with this decision for her, who has experienced a very significant prison shock. Today, we are mobilized to transfer his innocence. Our client is also combative, ready to prove it. For this release, we contradicted the reasons of the public prosecutor, who demanded a serene pursuit of the investigations and feared a risk of absconding.
It’s crazy to consider that she was going to flee when, for ten months (and the start of the case, November 4, 2021), she remained in the optics of fighting. It was proven that there had been no hindrance. She never tried to consult or put pressure on anyone. We had also prepared a very solid project, with four proposals for accommodation and remoteness (a residence with his father, in Grenoble, was finally chosen). »
On the damning revelations
“We have been able to consult the file since Friday and it is true that there has been a fragmented and very incriminating reading through the media. The in-depth reading reassured us about the inability of the prosecution to link Aminata Diallo by any material element to the attackers. It is believed that she was remanded in custody on factual grounds that did not deserve it.
The restitution of the plays is partial and partial. They have to be put in context. The reality of this file is that no listening trusts Aminata Diallo to an aggressor, nor does it show that she ordered anything. She talks about the world of sport, her career, her feelings about her performance. That’s all there is. If that made a failure, then a lot of people in the midfoot must have been scared. »
“The fact of wanting a place in the France team is not a motive, but a reality for many players”
“Our client is presumed innocent, and it is important to remember that. We are going to work to deconstruct the few elements highlighted and which do not hold water, to have a balance of weapons, equal treatment. Because we are facing a form of obvious imbalance. We find ourselves a little helpless. But, today, we are going to put forward our defense arguments.
The real victim is obviously Kheira Hamraoui. But there is a second victim called Aminata Diallo. She was molested on the evening of the events and forced to be pressed against the steering wheel of her vehicle. The fact that Kheira Hamraoui was a victim that evening does not make Aminata Diallo guilty. All acts of investigation have been made to meet him. And it would have been necessary to explore other avenues. »
On sports rivalry
“The fact of wanting a place in the France team is not a motive, but a reality for many players. Both were able to play together and have compatible profiles. In sports, we can find 250 mobiles. This one doesn’t hold. We are in the extraordinarily competitive context of the world of high-level sport. Disputes happen every day, every week, at all levels. And we can make message extractions say what we want. Enmity must be extremely nuanced in our opinion. »
“Today, his only fight is the match to prove his innocence”
“We still don’t know who the commander is, nor the intermediary. The day they will be identified, all those who have dragged Aminata Diallo through the mud in recent hours will have to be able to look at themselves in a mirror. The aggressors (the other suspects arrested and indicted) designated it, but it is very easy to denounce it. Let’s be careful. On our side, we will take all the time necessary to prove his innocence. »
On his future
“She does not consider her sporting future. She is devastated. Today, his only fight is the match to prove his innocence. She has just suffered a strong trauma, but she is a fighter. She is a very sensitive young woman, a great professional, hard at work. There is a shell with a tender heart when you dig. The ones and photos chosen hurt him. We must not forget his family behind. I think she is once again a victim of the image portrayed of her in the media. She doesn’t really want to talk and wants the investigation to go as well as possible. We try to preserve it. The goal is for her to rest. Then she really wants to be involved in the rest of these investigations. »