Homs flew to Paris as suspicions grow about the role of Syria
Prosecutors in Paris have launched a preliminary murder investigation into the death of French journalist Gilles Jacquier Syria, the French government is pushing for an independent investigation.
Jacquier, 43, an award-winning foreign correspondent for the greatest documentary television series French state, was killed Wednesday in an attack in the divided city of Homs during a trip escorted by government media.
He was among a group of 15 journalists when he was beaten in the attack that also killed nine Syrians and 25 wounded. He was the first foreign journalist killed since the protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began in March.
The protests continued across the country with opposition sources reporting 12 dead.
Paris prosecutor's office was preparing to perform an autopsy after Jacquier remains were moved to France with his wife and colleagues. The Syrian state agency, news, Sana, blamed his death in a mortar attack by "terrorists". The Governor of Homs, ordered an investigation.
France Television filed a complaint in court for the death, saying that many questions remained unanswered. Director of the publishing house, Thierry Thuillier, said the journalists were traveling in a convoy with military escort, which tightly controls the movements of the support.
"When the shooting started, Syrian troops withdrew, leaving the journalists alone and exposed," said Thuillier. "Why? I have the answer. However, the newsroom, France Televisions and families want the answer. "
Thuillier said the fire that killed the journalist seems to be very "accurate." He also asked why Jacquier and his team were there. "The report of our team is on the political situation, not the current conflict and Christophe Gilles Jacquier Kenck [cameraman] had refused to go to Homs Other journalists have accepted, but Kenck Jacquier and told them .." If he refuses again, you aa .'"
A French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal. "We want an independent and transparent investigation into the circumstances of this tragedy" France wanted to make sure the investigation must be independent, he said.
correspondent for The Guardian and other journalists in a second officer escorted the group had left shortly before the incident to return to Damascus, Homs.
Two foreign journalists were arrested while covering a demonstration against the regime in Douma, near the capital. The center was quiet, but there was a strong presence of security forces in Meidan, an anti-Assad area in the south of the city, where an apparent suicide attack targeted police and reportedly killed 26 last week, but is widely suspected to have been staged by the regime.
riot police were also in force in
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