Fabien Azoulay: “This boy comes out of hell”, according to his lawyer who will ask for his release

The Turkish justice had sentenced him to 16 years in prison in 2017, for possession of narcotics. After the mobilization of his relatives and public opinion, France obtained his repatriation. Fabien Azoulay has served the remainder of his sentence in Paris since August 17.

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Fabien Azoulay’s lawyers will request on Friday, October 1, at 1:30 pm, the release of their client before the 14th criminal chamber of the Paris judicial court. In 2017, the 43-year-old French-American was sentenced to 16 years and 8 months in prison in Turkey for importing narcotics. After four years in prison, he was repatriated to France on August 17 to serve the remainder of his sentence.

“This boy is coming out of hell”, estimates in franceinfo his lawyer François Zimmeray who hopes to reduce his client’s sentence to what the French justice provides for this type of crime, that is, five years in prison, and thus remove him in the next weeks.

“What he experienced during his long years in detention in Turkey is a test that will mark him forever.”

I François Zimmeray


It was during a short trip to do hair implants in Istanbul that Fabien Azoulay was arrested for buying a vial of GBL on the Internet. This paint thinner turns into GHB, also known as a “rapist’s drug,” when ingested. It is sometimes used during “chemsex”. According to his lawyers, he was unaware that this product had been banned in Turkey six months earlier and had been delivered “in good faith”.

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