New judicial step.
The decision on the challenge by the Lubrizol company before the Paris Court of Appeal of its indictment following the huge fire in Rouen, in September 2019, will be known on June 30, we learned on Wednesday. from sources close to the case.
From the same sources, the general prosecutor's office opposed the company's request.
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Lubrizol filed a motion for nullity last August with the investigative chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal to "denounce procedural irregularities of which she was the victim and request the nullity of various procedural acts and its indictment ”, according to his memoir consulted by AFP.
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The company considers that “the conditions under which the inspection procedure carried out” by the Dreal (Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing) took place following the fire “adversely affected serious to the fundamental principle of the right to a fair trial and (to his) interests, ”she argues in her application.
"Lubrizol flees his trial"
Lubrizol believes that it was indicted on the basis of non-conformities that would not have been denounced, or even that would have been rejected by the inspectors of the Dreal just after the fire, before being recorded in a report a months later.
An "irregularity and an inconsistency" for the company.
For the company, the Dreal intended "to characterize a posteriori and fictitiously non-conformities against Lubrizol France, in a context of particularly problematic media pressure".
The defense lawyers dispute this, believing that the Dreal inspectors were cautious about these "non-conformities" immediately after the fire, failing to have been able at that time to analyze all the elements in their possession.
In parallel with the hearing, for which many lawyers from the Rouen Bar had come in this case where more than 500 complaints were allegedly filed, a demonstration of ten people was held before the Paris Court of Appeal. , against this “scandal”, with banners like “Lubrizol flees his trial”.
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The associations "Union of victims of Lubrizol", the "Association of disaster victims of Lubrizol", France nature environment or Fenvac had called for demonstrations.
The president of the metropolis of Rouen, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, affirmed in a tweet Tuesday that “if the chamber of instruction acceded to Lubrizol's request, it would be a truly scandalous denial of justice.