Police officer in soccer death to go to trial in separate case

Cop killed a man while under attack from soccer fans shouting racist and anti-Semitic insults.

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The police officer who fatally shot a young man last week while protecting a Jewish fan is to go to trial in June on fraud and other charges in a separate case, judicial officials said. Antoine Granomort killed one man and wounded another while under attack on Nov. 23 from supporters shouting racist and anti-Semitic insults as he tried to protect a young Jewish man after a UEFA match between Paris Saint-Germain and Hapoel Tel Aviv. A judicial investigation has been opened, but prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin has said that Granomort, a transport police officer, likely fired his gun in self-defense because up to 100 people went after him. However, he is to go to trial in another case in which he is suspected of having illegally changed €13,200 (US $17,420) on his father-in-law's credit card in 2004, judicial officials said. He allegedly admitted having swindled dealers, before becoming a police officer, of some €5,500 who then demanded a payback of €15,000, the judicial officials said. The officials said Granomort would be tried in June in the case. They spoke on condition they not be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case. Meanwhile, far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen filed a complaint Thursday for defamation against the prosecutor, alleging that in his resume of the situation, Marin linked him to the violent soccer fans.