It is a complaint that will not improve relations between lawyers and magistrates, already greatly deteriorated. According to our information, the tenor of the bar Eric Dupond-Moretti lodged a complaint against X this Tuesday afternoon with the public prosecutor of Paris after having been the subject of a secret surveillance on the part of the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF ) on the sidelines of the so-called "listening" affair targeting Nicolas Sarkozy.
The lawyer who was geolocated and whose detailed telephone bills (fadettes) were peeled filed a complaint of the counts of “violation of the intimacy of the private life and the secrecy of the correspondences, in particular with his customers, as well as "abuse of authority which compromises the secrecy of his correspondence and his freedom to go".
"This unacceptable search lasted from February 11 to 25"
In this case, communications from other law firms - Mes Temine, Lussan, Canus-Bernard, Haïk or even Veil-Joude - were monitored by the police. But Me Dupond-Moretti notes with a certain humor that he received "preferential treatment". "The investigators were not satisfied to examine my fadettes for the day of February 25, but much better, or much worse, this unacceptable search lasted from February 11 to 25", notes the lawyer in the complaint that we have could consult.
The lawyer with 145 acquittals sees no reason to justify this surveillance. Me Dupond-Moretti considers that the police searched his phone on the sole basis of a simple phone call made at 9 a.m. on February 25, 2014, to his colleague and friend Thierry Herzog, who did not incidentally not answered. However, the police acquired the conviction, according to the revelations of Le Point, that Thierry Herzog would have been warned between 10.41 am and 3.30 pm of the existence of wiretapping in progress on the dedicated line called "Bismuth" (false identity under which the line had was taken).
A chronology which, according to Me Dupond-Moretti, automatically exonerated him from being the mole, supposing that this one exists, he specifies. "However, undoubtedly wishing to keep this investigation secret, the investigators did not believe they should summon me to gather explanations that I would very naturally have given," observed the lawyer. He continues: “The police preferred to search my fadettes and locate me, thus violating the privacy of my private life and the secrecy of my correspondence. »Private but also professional correspondence.
For the anecdote, Eric Dupond-Moretti chose to be defended by Me Vincent Nioré, the delegate of the Bâtonnier to searches in law firms. A snub to the judicial authority. Indeed, the latter passed Thursday, June 25 before the disciplinary council of the Paris bar at the request of Catherine Champrenault, Attorney General of Paris. He is accused of having held, during a hearing challenging documents seized from a search of lawyers, "outrageous words, insults and threats" against investigating judges and Catherine Champrenault. Deliberation has been set for July 22. Atmosphere.