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Éric Dupond-Moretti sent to trial by the Court of the Republic

The Minister of Justice is suspected of conflicts of interest. In the process, the lawyers of the former tenor of the bar announced that they would appeal in cassation.


The Minister of Justice is suspected of conflicts of interest.
The Minister of Justice is suspected of conflicts of interest.
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Un The Minister of Justice referred to the Court of the Republic. The Court of the Republic (CJR) ordered a trial on Monday, October 3, against Éric Dupond-Moretti, accused of using his position to settle with judges he had opposed when he was a lawyer, his lawyers announced. “As we unfortunately expected, it was a dismissal order that was issued by the instructional commission (of the CJR). We immediately filed a cassation appeal against this decision. This stop no longer exists,” announced Mr.is Christophe Ingrain and Rémi Lorrain leave CJR, in Paris, in the absence of Éric Dupond-Moretti.

“It is now up to the plenary assembly of the Court of Cassation to take up this case and decide in particular on the numerous irregularities that have characterized this case for two years, first of all the atypical positioning, as it is unfair and biased by the Minister of Justice at the Court of Cassation “, added François Molins Me Remi Lorraine.

Arrived at 9 to the CJR, the only body authorized to try members of the government for crimes or misdemeanors committed in the exercise of their mandate, the two lawyers came out 30 minutes later, after receiving the dismissal for “illegal acquisition of interests ” by Éric Dupond-Moretti. The former tenor of the bar, appointed head of the Chancellery in the summer of 2020 and re-appointed to this post after the re-election of Emmanuel Macron in May, was indicted by the CJR for illegal acquisition of interest in July 2021.

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Retain the government in question?

For the minister himself, whose relationship with the judiciary is notoriously difficult, the decision is no mystery: He said on Tuesday that he had “virtual certainty” of being fired. “I have always said that I had my legitimacy from the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister and only from them”, he had also predicted on Tuesday. His dismissal will not fail to raise the question of the maintenance of the government of the former criminal lawyer.

Complaints from the judges’ unions and the anti-corruption association Anticor, denouncing two situations of conflicts of interest since his arrival in the chancellery, had given rise to the initiation of a judicial investigation in January 2021. This Monday, the two main judges’ unions, the Union Syndicale des Magistrates (USM) and the Syndicat de la magistrature (SM) quickly emphasized in a press release an “unprecedented” situation for the minister, in light of the suspicion of “serious defamation which gave him this trial; his “attempt to discredit” the public prosecutor and the investigative judges; the risk of a “new conflict of interest if (Éric Dupond-Moretti) were to appoint his own prosecutor” following François Molin’s planned retirement in June.

The first case concerns the administrative investigation he ordered in September 2020 against three judges from the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF). They had had his itemized telephone bills (“fadettes”) go through when Mrs.e Dupond-Moretti was still a star at the bar for flushing out a possible mole who would have informed Nicolas Sarkozy that he was being wiretapped in the so-called “Paul Bismuth” corruption case.

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Abusive administrative procedures?

A PNF deputy prosecutor, Patrice Amar, and his former boss, Éliane Houlette, appeared in September before the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSM), which is due to make its decision on 19 October. No sanction was demanded against them. The third implicated judge, Ulrika Delaunay-Weiss, was cleared before any hearing in the CSM.

In the second case, the seal keeper is accused of having initiated administrative proceedings against a former investigative judge posted to Monaco, Édouard Levrault, who had prosecuted one of his former clients. Éric Dupond-Moretti had criticized his “cowboy” methods. On 15 September, the CSM decided not to sanction Édouard Levrault, considering that “no disciplinary offense could be blamed on him”.

A decision that sounded like a rejection of the minister. Throughout the investigation, Éric Dupond-Moretti reiterated that he had only “felt the recommendations of his administration”. An argument that did not convince the public prosecutor: in May he requested a trial against the minister.

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