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Éric Dupond-Moretti: Proceedings against France's Minister of Justice opened

2021-07-16T16:13:54.569Z

Did France's Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti have two public prosecutors investigate out of revenge? The politician denies that. Now he has to face an investigation himself.



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France's Justice Minister Dupond-Moretti

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The French judiciary has opened a formal investigation against Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti.

The Court of Justice of the Republic in Paris sees indications of an illegal conflict of interests of the former defense lawyer, said Dupond-Moretti's lawyers after a hearing lasting around six hours.

They announced that they wanted to take action against the decision.

The 60-year-old is accused of having used his ministerial office to personally settle accounts with public prosecutors.

Shortly after taking office just over a year ago, the minister is alleged to have initiated internal proceedings against several high-ranking judicial officials.

Prosecutors suspect retaliation by the minister for investigating Dupond-Moretti's records when he was a criminal defense attorney.

The opening of a preliminary investigation in France does not amount to an indictment.

The proceedings can ultimately lead to a criminal case if the investigators see sufficient evidence against the accused.

Otherwise you can stop the proceedings again.

According to the AFP news agency, the papers concerned a corruption case in which the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was involved.

In early March, Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in prison, among other things for bribing a judge, two of which were suspended.

The verdict is not final as Sarkozy has appealed.

Dupond-Moretti refuses to resign

The minister denies the allegations.

"The Minister of Justice is not above the law, but neither is he," Dupond-Moretti said before his hearing.

According to the AP news agency, the 60-year-old recently refused to resign.

In addition, Prime Minister Jean Castex Dupond-Moretti once again expressed his full confidence in a letter.

fek / AFP / dpa

Source: spiegel

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