From rififi to "36", quai des Orfèvres

2022: hit and run

Bernard Petit, June 23, 2012.

Since September 12, the former director of the Paris judicial police, Bernard Petit, must explain himself to the 11e correctional chamber of the Paris court. In this file with drawers, which brings together nineteen defendants, the former boss of "36" has been prosecuted, since February 2015, for "violation of the secrecy of the instruction" and "receiving information". Justice suspects him of having leaked, through intermediaries, information concerning an investigation into a case of corruption in the granting of residence permits involving the "star scammer" Christophe Rocancourtbut also Christian Prouteau, former prefect and founder of the GIGN, and former Secretary of State Kofi Yamgnane.

2014: amazing flight

At the end of July 2014, in the middle of the night, 48.5 kilos of cocaine stored at the PJ disappeared from the seals. CCTV images identify a suspect, Jonathan Guyot, arrested on August 2. This narcotics policeman enjoyed a pleasant lifestyle, with several apartments bought in Paris and in the Pyrénées-Orientales. If the drugs were not found, large sums that he had entrusted to relatives were seized. To try, in detention, to find part of his jackpot, the policeman had even joined the services of the repeat offender Christophe Rocancourt (always him). In March 2017, despite his denials, Jonathan Guyot was sentenced to ten years in prison.

2014: version against version

Emily Spanton (center) leaving the hearing on January 14, 2018, in Paris.

On the night of April 23, 2014, a Canadian tourist came out of "36", shoes in hand, in tears. Emily Spanton says she was raped by police. A few hours earlier, the thirties had drinks and flirted with officials of the institution. After a first trial, in 2019, two police officers from the research and intervention brigade were sentenced to seven years in prison by the Paris Assize Court, which estimated their “evolutionary, fanciful and not very credible depositions”, contrary to the complainant's version, supported by “scientific and technical elements”. Total turnaround three years later : on April 22, the Paris Assize Court of Appeal relied on "many inaccuracies, imprecisions, even several lies" of Emily Spanton, to acquit the police.

2013: announcement effect

The former director of the judicial police Christian Flaesch, in June 2008, in Paris.

On December 9, 2013, The world reveals annoying phone calls. Three calls made by the boss of the Parisian PJ, Christian Flaesch, to the former Minister of the Interior Brice Hortefeux, to inform him that he was going to be summoned in an investigation linked to the financing of the presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Brice Hortefeux being wiretapped in a separate file, the conversation is recorded and transmitted to an investigating judge. Christian Flaesch will be the subject of a warning by the general prosecutor's office of Paris, seized of the file. On December 11, the Minister of the Interior, Manuel Valls, who regrets a "misconduct" but salute "a great cop"announces his dismissal.

1991: corrupt robbery

From 1983 to 1985, with the complicity of an informer, inspectors attack with arms, in the Paris region, jewelers, a prostitute and Yugoslav thugs. They used telephone tapping carried out by their service to identify their future victims. Faced with the scandal of these police robbers which broke out in 1985, Pierre Joxe, then Minister of the Interior, called for a “greatest requirement of morality”. In 1991, after a trial that was repeatedly postponed, five police officers are sentenced to between twelve and seventeen years' imprisonment. “We soak people in the mire and we want them to come out clean,” will attempt to defend one of their lawyers at the hearing.

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