Published on Nov 29, 2023 at 3:45 p.m.
The judgment in this unprecedented trial of a serving Minister of Justice was eagerly awaited. Eric Dupond-Moretti was acquitted this Wednesday by the Court of Justice of the Republic in a conflict of interest case. The judges of the CJR, the majority of whom are parliamentarians, did not follow the requisitions of the prosecution which had requested a one-year suspended prison sentence against the Minister of Justice, suspected of having taken advantage of his functions as minister to settle scores with four magistrates whom he had criticized when he was a lawyer. The court considered that this offense was not characterized.
“It’s the victory of law,” declared his lawyer Jacqueline Laffont, leaving the hearing.
Appointed to the government to everyone’s surprise in the summer of 2020, the 62-year-old ex-criminalist, an eruptive and divisive personality, has always proclaimed his innocence in this case triggered by an unprecedented complaint from magistrates’ unions at the end of 2020. During the trial, his lawyers insisted that Eric Dupond-Moretti was “not guilty of anything” and pleaded for release . But they had maintained that a conviction, even “the lowest”, even “the most ridiculous”, “would be enough” to lead to his “resignation”.
Immediately after the announcement of the minister’s acquittal, the deputies of the La France insoumise group called, in a press release, for the abolition of the Court of Justice of the Republic, described as a “systematically biased inter-jurisdiction”. The only court authorized to judge acts committed by a member of the government, the CJR is made up of three professional magistrates and 12 parliamentarians from all sides.
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