The European Parliament announced on Thursday March 25 the lifting of the immunity of the National Assembly MEP Jean-François Jalkh, the party's lawyer, prior to his possible indictment in the investigation into suspicion of fictitious jobs in assistants of RN MEPs.
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Out of 689 voters, 593 MEPs approved the lifting of his parliamentary immunity, 85 voted against and 11 abstained.
If the elected European was indeed indicted, it would be the last indictment desired by the magistrates before a closure of the investigation which could pave the way for a trial, according to sources familiar with the case.
63-year-old Jean-François Jalkh has been elected to the European Parliament since 2014.
About 25 elected officials and assistants, including the president of RN Marine Le Pen, her father and senior party officials, are indicted, most of them for "
embezzlement of public funds
", in this investigation opened in March 2015 and entrusted at the end of 2016 to financial investigating judges from the Paris court.
The anti-corruption magistrates suspect the RN and its leaders of having "
in a concerted and deliberate manner
" set up a "
system of diversion
" of the envelopes allocated by the EU to each deputy to pay parliamentary collaborators (21,000 euros per month) .
These collaborators would have worked in reality for the frontist party, thus allowing it substantial savings on its wages.
The European Parliament, civil party, estimated its damage at 6.8 million euros in this case, which then led to separate investigations on the assistants of MEPs from the MoDem and La France Insoumise.
The RN, who denies any misappropriation, was indicted in this procedure, also opened for "
" and "