Often invited on "Touche pas à mon poste", Jean Messiha was present in the C8 talk on Monday 20 November. The polemicist was heard today by the authorities for "organized fraud" after opening a fundraiser for the family of the police officer who fatally shot young Nahel on June 27, 2023. A trial that he considers "more political than civic". Riots then broke out all over France. The fundraiser raised €1.6 million.
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The question posed by Cyril Hanouna to his columnists is simple: are they shocked by this kitty? The board is divided. Among Jean Messiha's detractors is Gilles Verdez. The latter considers that having communicated the data of Nahel's criminal record "amounts to concealment".
I'm not going to pay the lawyer's fees
Cyril Hanouna in "TPMP"
After an inaudible first exchange, Gilles Verdez provokes his opponent: "Conceal, answer! You didn't laugh as much there.""It's a fallacious argument, I didn't allow you to address me as Souleymane," Messiha retorts, referring to the first name the columnist adopted after his marriage.
In the cacophony of "Don't touch my job", Jean Messiha declares: "what you say is defamatory, you will be attacked for it". "I'm not the one who's going to pay the lawyer's fees," says Cyril Hanouna ironically.
It was Moundir's turn to speak. The columnist was sharply criticized last week after taking a stand against Elisabeth Lévy. Tonight, he is also one of the columnists who say they are shocked by the fundraiser opened by Jean Messiha. "I firmly believe that you are not a crook and that this is not an organized gang. I think you've made Nahel look like the delinquent he's not," the columnist begins, before adding: "The difference between you and Nahel is that you have a criminal record."
Moundir did not revise
"I don't have a criminal record. You're defaming, you're going to join Gilles Verdez," retorts Jean Messiha, to laughter from the set. "You've been convicted too, I've revised don't worry," Moundir insists. "See, that's the point of doing the ENA and a doctorate in Economics, because what you're saying is false," explains the guest, supported by Jacques Cardoze. "It depends on the categories of conviction," the journalist explains.
Indeed, there are offences that fall within the scope of a "reminder of the law". The public prosecutor concerned may apply "alternative measures to criminal prosecution" which are supposed to explain the fault and "give a second chance" to the offender who has been arrested. In this case, these offences are not recorded in the criminal record in any way.