The lawyers of the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti have filed with the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) a request for nullity of his indictment for “illegal taking of interests” pronounced in July, a- we learned this Monday, September 20 from a judicial source.
This request, filed on September 7, must be examined in mid-October by the investigating committee of the CJR, the only court empowered to prosecute and try members of the government for crimes and offenses committed. “In the performance of their duties”, said the same source, confirming information from “Figaro”.
According to the daily, the minister’s lawyers are attacking, among other things, the admissibility of the complaints filed against him, believing that none of the complainants would have had the right to act under the conditions in which they did so. The “Lack of impartiality” of the Attorney General near the Court of Cassation, François Molins.
These questions raised by the indictment of Eric Dupond-Moretti
On July 16, after six hours of questioning before the CJR, Eric Dupond-Moretti was indicted, a first for a serving Minister of the Seals. In this case, he is suspected of having taken advantage of his function to settle accounts with magistrates with whom he had trouble with when he was a lawyer, which he refutes.
Two separate files
In January, the CJR opened a judicial investigation for “illegal taking of interests” after complaints from magistrates’ unions and the Anticor association denouncing situations of conflict of interest in two cases.
The first concerns the administrative investigation ordered in September 2020 by the Minister of Justice against three magistrates of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) who had his detailed telephone records examined (“Fadettes”) when he was still a court star. The PNF then sought to flush out a “Mole” having informed Nicolas Sarkozy and his counsel Thierry Herzog – a friend of Eric Dupond-Moretti – that they were tapped in the so-called corruption case “Bismuth”, which earned the former head of state a historic conviction in March.
Court of Justice of the Republic: this Monegasque case which embarrasses Eric Dupond-Moretti
Vilifying then the “Methods of barbouzes” of the anti-corruption prosecution, Eric Dupond-Moretti had filed a complaint, before withdrawing it on the evening of his appointment as Keeper of the Seals, July 6, 2020.
In the second case, he is accused of having initiated administrative proceedings against a former investigating judge seconded to Monaco, Edouard Levrault, who had indicted one of his ex-clients and whose methods he criticized. “Cowboy”.
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Eric Dupond-Moretti has always defended himself against any illegal taking of interests, insisting that he had only done “Follow the recommendations” of its administration.