New twist in the case of Taha Bouhafs. La France Insoumise has closed its internal investigation into allegations of sexual violence against the journalist and activist. "After more than a year of waiting, the internal procedure (...) is finally finished," his lawyers said in a statement, confirming information from BFMTV. "The precautionary measure concerning him is lifted, which therefore acts his reinstatement within the party," they added.
BFM TV has just revealed that the "internal procedure" of LFI concerning me has just been closed and the precautionary measure against me lifted.
Here is the statement from my lawyers: pic.twitter.com/b1PcvpNawo
— Taha Bouhafs (@T_Bouhafs) June 5, 2023
On May 7, 2022, the young 26-year-old candidate announced his withdrawal after obtaining the nomination of the Union of the Left for the 14th constituency of the Rhône, facing accusations of sexual violence within his party, coming from two women. The investigation opened by LFI had forced him to withdraw from political life. "We recall that Taha Bouhafs, who has always maintained his innocence, has not been the subject of any complaint or legal proceedings. However, he has been excluded from the legislative elections, from the life of his political movement and has been the subject of a form of social and professional banishment because of which he has been unemployed for a year," his lawyers wrote.
One of the accusers withdrew her complaint
On March 10, one of the two accusers withdrew her complaint filed with the Monitoring Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (CVSS) of La France insoumise. "She changed her mind because she understood that her testimony was not necessary," a source told the Express at the time. Failing to convince the second young woman to go to court, the party's monitoring unit had to close the case.
The lawyers of the activist journalist now want their client "to resume a serene professional and social life", recalling that he was the victim of a "violent lynching on social networks" and "racist attacks" that had "serious consequences on his health". Contacted by Le Parisien, the coordinator of La France insoumise, Manuel Bompard, simply indicated "not to comment" on an internal investigation.