LFI slams a "biased" system, the majority expresses its relief. The deputies of the LFI group called on Wednesday for the abolition of the Court of Justice of the Republic, "systematically biased jurisdiction", immediately after the announcement of the acquittal of Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti, tried for illegal acquisition of interests. While their opponents welcomed the court's decision.
.@E_DupondM acquitted by the Court of Justice of the Republic: between oneself of a partial jurisdiction.
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"While the trial has relentlessly demonstrated his guilt, a majority of the parliamentary judges have chosen to acquit," the LFI deputies denounced in a statement, urging to "abolish this systematically biased jurisdiction."
The jury was composed of three professional magistrates and 12 parliamentarians from all sides, including LFI MP Danièle Obono.
It is "an arm of honour to the idea of justice", added LFI MP Ugo Bernalicis in front of the press at the National Assembly, proof according to him that the CJR "serves no purpose except to clear ministers". He asked the public prosecutor's office to "refer the matter to the Court of Cassation", the only means of appeal, in the absence of an appeal procedure before this court.
Questioned by AFP, Jean-Luc Mélenchon soberly commented: "He has a good lawyer," while the Minister of Justice was defended by Jacqueline Laffont and Rémi Lorrain, two tenors of the Paris bar.
The Majority Rejoiced
On the other hand, several figures of the majority welcomed the decision of the CJR. "This is his honour cleared: he will emerge stronger (and) his place in the government remains intact," said the head of the Macronist senators, François Patriat.
MoDem MP Bruno Millienne welcomed the fact that "justice has been done", hailing "very good news for the country and for the functioning of our institutions". His colleague Mathieu Lefèvre (Renaissance) said he was "more than ever at the side" of Éric Dupond-Moretti "to continue to modernise the justice system in our country and to strengthen the criminal response".
At the RN, spokesman Thomas Ménagé said he "respects this decision". But Éric Dupond-Moretti "is still politically guilty of the country's insecurity situation, of laxity," he said. He "should leave his place to a minister who really wants to fight insecurity, to put in place a policy of firmness in criminal matters".
"Parliamentarians who judge a minister reflects the image of self-esteem," said Arthur Delaporte, spokesman for the PS deputies, adding that "Éric Dupond-Moretti should have resigned from his post."
The head of the Green deputies, Cyrielle Chatelain, also pointed to "the fact that politicians can judge another politician": "There is always the suspicion that (...) the acquittal would be due to interests other than that of dispensing justice."