The Parisian investigating judges in charge of investigations into three murders between 2010 and 2014 in which would be involved the crook to the "carbon tax" Arnaud Mimran notified Thursday to the parties the end of their investigations, learned AFP from sources close to the case and judicial.
The parties now have one month to send the judges their observations. If the investigations are not relaunched, it will then be up to the Paris prosecutor's office to make its final indictment, before a final decision of the investigating judges on the holding of a possible trial at the assizes.
In this judicial investigation investigated by magistrates of the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction (Jirs) Paris, Arnaud Mimran, currently in prison, is implicated in all three parts. In April 2021, he was indicted for complicity in the 2011 murder of his former father-in-law, billionaire Claude Dray, and for murder in an organized gang in connection with the death in 2010 of another figure in the carbon tax case, Samy Souied.
Three joined cases
In this part Souied, at least two other men have been indicted, including Brice K. "My client expects only one thing, to be definitively exonerated," responded Me Ménya Arab-Tigrine, his lawyer. Arnaud Mimran disputed the facts in both cases.
A few months later, in November 2021, he was again indicted for "murder in an organized gang" concerning the death in April 2014 of a third person, Albert Taieb.
According to two sources close to the case, Arnaud Mimran is suspected of having ordered this murder which would have initially targeted another scammer to the carbon tax Cyril Mouly, of whom Albert Taieb was a relative. The three cases were joined.
Sentenced for kidnapping a Swiss financier
Former "golden boy", Arnaud Mimran has accumulated legal troubles since his conviction in 2016 in the case related to the "scam of the century" on the CO2 emissions allowance market in 2008-2009.
In December 2022, he was sentenced on appeal to thirteen years in prison for the kidnapping of a Swiss financier for the purpose of extortion. In May, the Paris Court of Appeal acquitted him in a corruption case at Fresnes prison (Val-de-Marne).
"The judiciary has completed its meticulous, detailed and damning first phase of the judicial investigation. We are now waiting for the position of the prosecutor's office and that of the investigating judge as to a referral to the Assize Court, "said David-Olivier Kaminski, who defends civil parties in the triple homicide case.
Journalist and two judges targeted by death threats
In an article and a blog post, Mediapart said Thursday that its journalist Fabrice Arfi, who investigated the subject, was targeted by death threats made by Arnaud Mimran from his cell. Two investigating magistrates were also reportedly targeted.
Accusé de plusieurs meurtres, l'un des cerveaux de la gigantesque escroquerie aux quotas carbone, Arnaud Mimran, a échafaudé des scénarios de vendetta visant le journaliste de @Mediapart @fabricearfi et deux magistrats. Amazing. https://t.co/RS2jzHnJam
— Marine Turchi (@marineturchi) September 28, 2023
According to the investigative site, the accused would have evoked "jokes" or a desire to "make laugh" when he was questioned about these threats, intercepted by wiretaps of the criminal brigade.
Denouncing an "intriguing passivity" of the French authorities, Mediapart announced Thursday that it had asked its lawyer to "urgently report" the facts to the Paris prosecutor's office. Asked by AFP, Arnaud Mimran's lawyer did not respond.