Directed by Guillaume Nicloux, Netflix’s “Lords of Scam” is a documentary that delves deeply into the workings of the crooks who scammed the EU’s carbon quota system before turning on each other in a way that which no one could have expected. After all, this scam is said to have led to several murders and attempted murders, specifically targeting those directly or indirectly involved in the case. One of them was the horrific homicide of Samy Souied in the fall of 2010. So now if you’re curious about all the details of the same, we’ve got you covered.
How did Samy Souied die?
Although Samy Souied grew up in Belleville, Paris, some say he has always been a Zionist, which is why he moved to Israel after some unrest in France in 2008. By this point he had been involved in many cases involving advertising fraud, earned the nickname “The Big Shot Racecourse” and was charged with money laundering using the money he got from the first on racetracks. Ultimately, Samy’s childhood friend Marco Mouly also introduced him to financial broker Arnaud Mimran, which led the three to get into carbon trading.
But alas, it looks like this business has escalated into something much worse. After all, while Samy was in Paris to meet with Arnaud on monetary matters on September 14, 2010, he was killed. At around 8 p.m., in the moments after Arnaud handed the Tel Aviv native a ring he was supposed to return as he stood in front of the Palais des Congrès at Porte Maillot, two men on scooters passed by and fired at the latter six times. They had used a 7.65mm caliber weapon and would have worked so fast that there was nothing Arnaud could do. Samy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Who killed Samy Souied?
Following the assassination of Samy Souied, rumors speculating about an organized crime sponsored by Arnaud Mimran began to rise. The main reason was not only the fact that he had witnessed the murder, but also their financial situation. According to the documentary, Samy had loaned his partner hundreds of thousands of euros, which he was supposed to return on September 10 and was unable to, resulting in the reunion. Thus, some believe that Arnaud hired people to have him killed so that he never had to repay his debt. The exchange of rings is said to be how he identified the target to the gunmen.
Marco Mouly was also suspected for a brief period, but he was never charged or arrested in connection with this case. Additionally, a few other people who knew this trio reportedly told Samy’s family and authorities (in confidence) that the rumors surrounding Arnaud’s role in the homicide were true. After more than a decade, on April 15, 2021, the former broker was finally accused with organized gang murder, an accusation he denies. Note that Arnaud is also charged with complicity in murder for the murder of his former stepfather in 2011.
At the end of April 2021, officials also charged Brice K., 38, with organized murder and criminal conspiracy, claiming he was the man who drove the scooter on the night of Samy’s murder. He was already known to them because of his history of Drug traffic, which allows them to identify it more easily. Like Arnaud, however, Brice denies the charges against him. They both remain innocent until proven guilty in court.
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