Patrick Balkany will leave prison.
The Paris Court of Appeal rendered its decision this Thursday morning: the former mayor of Levallois-Perret, in detention for tax evasion, will be able to benefit from a sentence adjustment.
This decision comes after five months of a long legal battle initiated by the emblematic former mayor of Levallois-Perret, imprisoned since February in Fleury-Mérogis.
"This decision is irreproachable in law, because nothing in this case justifies the continued detention of a 73-year-old man who has already served two-thirds of his sentence", reacted in the wake of his two lawyers, Romain Dieudonné and Robin Binsard, indicating that their client will be released on Friday.
The former baron of Hauts-de-Seine and his wife Isabelle Balkany were found guilty of not having paid wealth tax between 2010 and 2015 and of having paid a grossly undervalued income tax between 2009 and 2014.
Back to prison in February 2022
After having carried out five months of detention for tax evasion, then having been released under electronic bracelet for health reasons in February 2020, the former elected LR returned to prison last February due to numerous breaches of his obligations, according to justice .
His wife had been hospitalized after having, according to her husband, made a suicide attempt.
She returned to her home on June 4 pending a possible summons to court.
Patrick Balkany has been imprisoned since February 7 in Fleury-Mérogis in Essonne.
On May 30, the Evry sentence enforcement court granted him conditional release, without an electronic bracelet.
But the Évry prosecution appealed, recalling in particular that the former elected LR "only justifies, at most, the payment of a total sum of around 7,000 euros, since February 2022, while the tax debt for which he The cost of the repair amounts to more than four million euros”.
"The rest of his sentence is counted in years": return to prison for Patrick Balkany
His lawyers then denounced a “judicial harassment”.
His defense assured that confiscations had already taken place, even if the latter are not yet final.
His lawyer Robin Binsard considered that the prosecution showed "a certain bad faith by not taking these confiscations into account".
In addition to this conviction for tax evasion, Patrick Balkany is targeted by other investigations.
He was indicted in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), in February 2021, for abuse of corporate assets, embezzlement of public funds and illegal taking of interests, suspected of having made available to his son-in-law buildings of offices, without payment of rent.
In another case, called "drivers", where he is accused of having used municipal agents as private drivers, his indictment for embezzlement of public funds was confirmed last December by the investigating chamber .