According to L'Équipe and Midi Olympique, the legal aspect of the Laporte-Altrad trial has just rebounded once again.
While the ten-day period to appeal the judgment pronounced on December 13 by the 32nd Chamber of the Paris Criminal Court ended this Friday at midnight, Mohed Altrad, sentenced at first instance to eighteen months in prison suspended, two years of ineligibility and a fine of 50,000 euros for corruption and influence peddling, appealed.
Thus imitating Bernard Laporte.
A decision followed by that, identical, of the National Financial Prosecutor's Office.
The latter decided to appeal the judgments of Mohed Altrad and Bernard Laporte.
For a risk of heavier sentences before the Paris Court of Appeal, in, more or less, eighteen months.
More unexpectedly, the PNF is also appealing the release obtained by Serge Simon, who appeared for illegal taking of interests.
A decision that overwhelmed the vice-president of the FFR, who believed that he was done with this affair.
It's a choice he doesn't understand
," said Serge Simon's lawyer, Me Sylvain Galinat, to AFP, saying he was "
" by this decision.
No call from the PNF for Claude Atcher
Serge Simon was acquitted after a motivation which is very clear and very detailed, given by three magistrates of the Paris Criminal Court.
A court decision that rehabilitates him and clears him after four years of investigation and fifteen days of trial
,” he added.
This decision of the National Financial Prosecutor's Office appears difficult to understand legally.
A doctor by training, the 55-year-old former pillar had decided last spring to abandon part of his prerogatives as first vice-president of the FFR, including those of head of communication and marketing, due to an opportunity professional in the medical field.
Serge Simon was also among the potential contenders for the post of deputy president who will replace until his appeal trial the current president of the FFR Bernard Laporte.
The financial prosecutor's office, on the other hand, did not appeal for the other convicts, in particular Claude Atcher.