Relaxed. After three years of proceedings, two weeks of trial and ten days of deliberation, Éric Dupond-Moretti was cleared on Wednesday by the Court of Justice of the Republic on the charge of illegal acquisition of interests. In this extraordinary trial, the Minister of Justice was accused of having opened administrative investigations against the Monegasque judge Édouard Levrault, on July 31, 2020, then against three magistrates of the National Financial Prosecutor's Office, on September 18, <>, after the fadettes affair that targeted several major criminal lawyers, including Éric Dupond-Moretti, then a lawyer.
In these two cases, which took place during the first months of his appointment to the Chancellery, between 31 July and 16 September 2020, the Minister of Justice was suspected of having pursued revenge against these four magistrates and of not having deported himself in time to decide on administrative investigations that could lead to disciplinary proceedings.
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Three magistrates' unions had reported these facts and lodged a complaint with the Petitions Committee of the Court of Justice of the Republic. After often stormy hearings in which 21 witnesses took the stand, including figures from the high judiciary, the public prosecutor had requested a one-year suspended prison sentence against the current Minister of Justice, accompanied by a sentence of ineligibility. Acquitted, Éric Dupond-Moretti left through the main door of the First Civil Chamber of the Palais de Justice de l'Ile de la Cité. However, the Public Prosecutor's Office can appeal to the Court of Cassation by next Tuesday. If necessary, the plenary session of the supreme court would then take place within three months. In the case of a cassation, a new trial would take place under a newly composed CJR.