It is the controversy that agitates France Insoumise. After coming out of his silence, it is the lawyers of journalist Taha Bouhafs who are now denouncing an “outside the law” procedureled by LFI’s Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Monitoring Committee (CVSS) which prevents him, according to them, from responding to the accusations against him, in a press release sent Thursday, July 7 to AFP.
“Taha Bouhafs hears, through the voice of his advice, reaffirm his right to know the charges against him in order to be able to respond to it, in the same way as any publicly accused citizen”, write his three lawyers Mes William Bourdon, Raphaël Kempf and Vincent Brengarth.
Candidate for the legislative elections in the Rhône, the journalist withdrew on May 10, citing the “racism” of “unprecedented attacks” against him carried out by the macronie, the right and part of the left. But LFI announced the next day that an internal investigation had been opened against him by the CVSS.
Taha Bouhafs came out of his silence on Tuesday July 5 to criticize LFI, in a six-page open letter published on social networks, for not having allowed him to defend himself against the accusations and to claim “fair and equitable procedure”.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s party defended itself by explaining not being able to transmit to it “the information sent to the cell”nor organize a confrontation, in the name of “the desire for anonymity of the complainants”.
But “in respect of the contradictory, he may be heard by our authorities“, adds the movement, which continues “(its) work of conviction with the plaintiffs so that they seize justice”. “This situation is not tolerable because it seriously disregards the rights of Taha Bouhafs”, consider his lawyers.
“We are not justice”
“Everyone must measure the risk of political justice which would be based on clues of which only the recipients would know the content, which would be exercised without a perfectly defined procedure, in defiance of the principle of adversarial proceedings and without access to factual elements”, they add. The procedure followed against Taha Bouhafs is outside the lawwhich prevented him from being able to respond to the charges against him”, believe Mes Bourdon, Kempf and Brengarth.
The three lawyers question “more generally the need to review the internal procedures of certain political formations or associative structures, to avoid, in the name of the legitimate fight against sexual violence, that trials are conducted unilaterally in an interpersonal environment that cannot guarantee neutrality and impartiality“.
On BFMTV, the rebellious deputy Clémentine Autain, directly implicated by Taha Bouhafs, recalled that “the women who testified did not want it to be in the public square”. “We are not justice, we do not dispense justice”she continued, but she points out that “justice cannot do its job”.
“The responsibility we take is to say that our organization, by political choice, does not want to be represented by men who we have testimonies stating that they could be violent. It’s a political choice“, she insisted.