Influence peddling around PSG: Malik Naït-Liman wants to have the procedure canceled
Malik Naït-Liman, former DGSI and former PSG supporter referent, seized the Paris Court of Appeal on February 24 to have the investigation into suspicions of influence peddling around PSG cancelled. This file broke at the end of September during the indictment of Mr. Naït-Liman, the lobbyist Tayeb Benabderrahmane and another former police officer in a judicial investigation relating in particular to information on the boss of PSG Nasser Al-Khelaïfi that the lobbyist would have held and which could have been used as blackmail. These suspicions arose during prior and separate investigations into a possible breach of National Defense secrecy allegedly committed by journalist Alex Jordanov, author of a book revealing certain methods of recruiting and managing sources within the General Directorate of Homeland Security. The journalist and Mr. Naït-Liman are indicted in this separate file, the second being suspected of being the former’s informant.
According to the request of which AFP became aware, during searches in January 2021, “ the investigators carried out a real aspiration of the data with the aim of revealing any element which would be likely to compromise (the former policeman, Editor’s note), regardless of the strict framework of the investigation, thus carrying out real intelligence work. » If they managed to obtain the cancellation of this search, Mr. Naït-Liman’s lawyers believe that this would invalidate the “the entire subsequent procedure” on possible influence peddling around PSG. “We expect justice to sanction the unfair processes used, at the same time as putting an end to the fantasies of the investigators around the role of our client”, they asked. This request could be studied within a few months by the investigating chamber.