Church volunteer admits to arson assault on French cathedral


Paris, July 26

French authorities detained and charged a repentant church volunteer Sunday after he instructed investigators that he was accountable for an arson assault that badly broken a 15th-century Gothic cathedral.

The man had beforehand been questioned after which launched after the July 18 blaze that destroyed the organ, shattered stained glass home windows, and blackened the insides of the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul of the western French metropolis of Nantes.

Detained once more this weekend for additional questioning, the volunteer church employee lastly admitted duty for the fireplace, mentioned his lawyer, Quentin Chabert.

“He confessed to the allegations against him which, as the prosecutor indicated, are causing destruction and damage by fire,” the lawyer instructed France Info radio.

“He regrets the facts. That is certain. He is in a sort of repentance.” French media quoted the Nantes prosecutor as saying that the 39-year-old Rwandan, who’d been tasked with the job of locking up the cathedral, instructed the investigating Justice of the Peace that he lit three fires: on two cathedral organs and {an electrical} field. His motives have been unknown.

The studies quoted the prosecutor as saying that the arson cost is punishable by a 10-year jail time period. AP



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