With his brother, they are accused of being at the heart of a clientelist system, bordering on “mafia character”.
Entrepreneur Alexandre Guérini, sentenced at the end of May to 6 years in prison in a vast case of alleged public procurement rigging, appealed against his conviction, AFP learned on Friday from a judicial source.
His brother, Senator Jean-Noël Guérini, a former strongman of the Socialist Party of Bouches-du-Rhône, sentenced to three years in prison, including 18 months suspended and 5 years of ineligibility in the same case, had already appealed of his own condemnation.
His trial, the result of a sprawling affair, had only taken place after 10 years of investigation in which he was indicted for illegal taking of interests, influence peddling and criminal association, embezzlement of public funds, as well as for passive corruption and infringement of the freedom of access or the equality of candidates in public contracts.
Before having to answer for only one offense: the illegal taking of interest.
In addition to the two men, five of the six other convicts of May 28 out of 10 defendants will be retried on appeal.
"Serious attacks on public confidence"
Criticizing "serious attacks on public confidence", the Marseille Criminal Court had notably criticized Jean-Noël Guérini for having "never ceased to protect the interests of his brother" Alexander, central figure in this sprawling dossier. Jean-Noël Guérini, chairman of the Bouches-du-Rhône general council from 1998 to 2015, was accused of having preempted land under the pretext of saving a rare plant, then of having sold it to a community. agglomeration to favor his brother who needed it for the extension of a landfill.
His brother Alexandre Guérini was accused of having used his brother's position to put pressure on elected officials or officials to bypass public procurement procedures, get rich, eliminate competitors or favor relatives. He had a total of 7 charges, and received convictions for concealment of illegal taking of interests, ordinary money laundering, breach of trust and complicity in favoritism. "The responsibility of a man who assumes elective office is to be worthy of it and never to allow personal interests to take precedence over the general interest", had criticized the president of the court Céline Ballerini at the statement of judgment.