The Paris police chief and senior magistrates are being investigated for “false testimony” during their hearings before the National Assembly’s commission of inquiry on obstacles to the independence of the judiciary, said Thursday the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office.
Magistrates also targeted
In addition to Didier Lallement, the president of the Paris Court of Appeal Jean-Michel Hayat, the Paris prosecutor general Catherine Champrenault, the Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz and the former prosecutor of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) Eliane Houlette are targeted by this investigation opened after reports from LFI deputy Ugo Bernalicis, said the prosecution confirming information from the newspaper 20 Minutes.
To date, no accused has been summoned as part of this disoriented investigation in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), said the prosecution.
In September 2020, Ugo Bernalicis, chairman of the commission of inquiry on the independence of the judiciary, accused seven senior officials – prosecutors, prefect, director of the national police – of “false testimony” and “perjury” before parliamentarians .
He then seized the public prosecutor of Paris for a series of “false” statements under oath.
On police demonstrations or the fate of yellow vests
The first target is the prosecutor himself, Rémy Heitz. In one of the letters of Mr. Bernalicis to justice, the deputy points to an internal note on the fate of yellow vests arrested, while Mr. Heitz assured to have “signed no document giving instructions to (his) colleagues”.
Paris police chief Didier Lallement is accused of not having told the truth when he said he had not “found the organizers” of unauthorized police demonstrations in June.
Concerning Catherine Champrenault, Attorney General of Paris, and Eliane Houlette, former Attorney of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Bernalicis highlights “discordant statements” on interventions in the context of the Fillon case. “Lies have been deliberately spoken”, deduces the deputy from the North.
The president of the Paris Court of Appeal and former president of the Paris court Jean-Michel Hayat is also suspected of “perjury” on the reasons for the appointment of Judge Tournaire in the same Fillon file.
Reports concerning the Director General of the National Police Frédéric Veaux and the former Nice prosecutor Jean-Michel Prêtre, are “being processed” by the Paris prosecutor’s office.
False testimony is punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros.
Source: A la Une – Le Progrès | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.
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