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Trial of Éric Dupond-Moretti: the Minister of Justice will decide his fate from 15 p.m.

2023-11-29T06:18:52.040Z

Highlights: Trial of Éric Dupond-Moretti: the Minister of Justice will decide his fate from 15 p.m. The Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) will issue its decision concerning the minister on Wednesday. The latter is suspected of having used his position to settle scores with magistrates whom he had criticized when he was a lawyer, which he strongly denies. The CJR's decision has already been made, even if it is kept secret: the judges met in the wake of the trial, on 16 November, to deliberate.


The Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) issues its decision concerning the Minister of Justice. The latter is suspected of having used his position to settle scores with magistrates whom he had criticized when he was a lawyer, which he strongly denies.


Only a few hours left for the Minister of Justice to know his fate. After the unprecedented trial, the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) will issue its decision on Wednesday concerning Éric Dupond-Moretti, who is undoubtedly playing his part in the government.

The Minister of Justice, who remained in office during his 10-day trial but who did not miss a hearing, will be present at the Palais de Justice in Paris to hear the decision at 15 p.m.

The CJR's decision has already been made, even if it is kept secret: the judges met in the wake of the trial, on 16 November, to deliberate. Before reading it in open court, the court's three professional magistrates and 12 parliamentarians from all sides of the court are due to meet one last time in the morning to validate its drafting.

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The prosecution asked for a one-year suspended prison sentence, saying it was "convinced" that Éric Dupond-Moretti had indeed been guilty of illegal acquisition of interests by opening, as minister, administrative investigations against four magistrates whom he had criticized when he was a lawyer - triggering an unprecedented complaint from the magistrates' unions.

The minister is "not guilty of anything", his defence replied by pleading for acquittal. But a conviction, even "the lowest", even "the most ridiculous", would "be enough" to bring about his "resignation", his lawyers had argued.

As this decisive deadline for his political future approaches, Éric Dupond-Moretti is "serene", satisfied to have "been able to explain himself", according to his entourage. "For the first time" since the start of his legal troubles a few months after his surprise appointment in the summer of 2020, "he defended himself, and was defended."

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A "complaint" from the RN

After this unprecedented trial - it is the first time that a sitting Minister of Justice has been tried - Éric Dupond-Moretti donned the costume of a minister as if nothing had happened, holding a series of meetings and trips. And as the decision approaches, his office is preparing its agenda for the weekend... Even if it means having to cancel everything if the minister is found guilty.

The Élysée has not let anything leak about its intentions in the event of the conviction of the minister, who remains in office despite the indictment and the referral for trial.

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We have a life like the others and we are litigants like the others and therefore we have the right to the presumption of innocence like the others," government spokesman Olivier Véran said Tuesday on franceinfo, referring to Éric Dupond-Moretti but also to the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt, who is currently on trial for favoritism. "That's not why the French don't trust politicians," Véran said.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne had ruled out in October the possibility of Éric Dupond-Moretti remaining in the government in the event of a conviction, citing a "clear rule" already "applied", in reference to Minister Alain Griset who resigned in 2021 after his conviction.

On Tuesday afternoon, for his last session of questions to the government at the National Assembly before the CJR's decision, Éric Dupond-Moretti did not choose to keep a low profile. In response to a question from a National Rally deputy, he launched into a violent charge against the "indecent demagogy" of the party, which he called on to "drive out of its ranks" the "identitarians, Nazis, racists and anti-Semites".

Furious, the RN deputies left the hemicycle and Marine Le Pen announced "a complaint" against the minister.

During his trial, Éric Dupond-Moretti had shown himself to be equal to himself, not letting anything pass and subjecting the prosecution witnesses to a background of grumbles, exasperated sighs and indignant exclamations. "Excuse me, I'm a bit ebullient," the 62-year-old former lawyer apologized to the court. In front of the CJR, he never stopped swearing that he had left his old differences with the magistrates "far behind", with only one goal, "to succeed in his ministry". The rest, he said, "I don't care."

Source: lefigaro

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