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JUSTICE – The placement under electronic bracelet of the Balkany couple in order to serve their conviction for tax evasion was revoked in December but the couple appealed, we learned this Monday, January 3 to the prosecutor of Évreux, confirming a information from Mediapart.
The magistrate, Dominique Puechmaille, confirmed this dismissal to an AFP correspondent, adding: “they appealed”, without specifying when this appeal will be examined.
According to Mediapart, the placement under electronic bracelet of Isabelle and Patrick Balkany was revoked on December 17, during a hearing of the court of application of sentences of Evreux, following a hundred incidents. The Balkany couple are attached to this jurisdiction because of their residence in their property in Giverny (Eure), about forty kilometers from Évreux.
Contacted by the investigative media, Isabelle Balkany’s lawyer, Pierre-Olivier Sur, said “that the prosecution considered that the appeal (filed on December 23 – Editor’s note) was suspensive ”.
“This decision is a wake-up call,” he said. “There have been a hundred ringing incidents, and a bit of carelessness… They are not allowed to leave the house, but when the dog comes out, they run after, when the postman passes, they go to the portal”.
“The device has finally been adjusted so that there is no more incident”
“At the time of the hearing the device was finally settled so that there is no more incident”, added the lawyer.
The couple were sentenced on appeal in March 2020 to three years in prison for tax evasion.
Following this conviction on appeal, Patrick and Isabelle Balkany, aged 73 and 74 respectively, were removed from their elected mandates. They were then mayor LR and first deputy of Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine).
In application of these penalties, they had been placed in early 2021 under an electronic bracelet in their property at the Cossy mill, in Giverny, with exit times.
Incarcerated at the end of 2019 at the Health prison in this case, Patrick Balkany was released 5 months later for health reasons.
In February 2021, he was indicted three times in another investigation into suspicions of fraudulent use of premises belonging to the city of Levallois.
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