Bernard Laporte’s lawyers openly attack the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office

A few days ago, we learned that an investigation was opened by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) concerning potential financial crimes committed at the time when Claude Atcher was the director general of the Groupement d’Intérêt Public France 2023. had even taken place at the committee headquarters.

This PNF investigation comes as the latter recently intervened in the trial which recently involved Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation, Serge Simon, vice-president of the FFR, Mohed Altrad, president of Montpellier Hérault Rugby, and Claude Atcher.

Bernard Laporte’s lawyers wanted to react to these recent PNF investigations concerning France 2023, criticizing in particular their rather dubious and questionable timing. These criticisms were addressed in a letter to the boss of the PNF, François Bonhert, extracts from which were published in Rugbyrama. Maître Versini Campinchi also targets the article in the newspaper L’Equipe which announced the opening of the investigation and which specified that personalities from the FFR could also be involved. According to him, these other personalities can only be “the two leaders who appeared in September alongside Mr. Atcher and for whom four lawyers pleaded to obtain a total release”.

The lawyer that I am can only raise a vehement protest against the approach of the PNF which consisted in dispatching any ceasing business a force of gendarmerie to the headquarters of the GIP to carry out a full day of search, while we know that It is the most theatrical investigative measure and it is inevitable that it will be publicized in real time when it is carried out in occupied offices.

The magistrate who ordered this measure, which was eminently damaging to the serenity of the reflection of the presidents and judges of the 32nd correctional chamber, could not have been unaware that he was going to undermine the necessary serenity of these judges since he was not only the prosecutor who ordered the referral of the defendants to the Court, but also the one who, for ten days, insisted that they were guilty of breaches of probity, then demanded heavy sanctions against them.

Bernard Laporte’s defense therefore clearly argues that the PNF chose to conduct the investigations into France 2023 to influence the decision of the judges responsible for ruling in the Laporte/Altrad trial. It is recalled that the verdict of this trial must be pronounced on December 13th.

to summarize

Following the investigation opened by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office into France 2023, Bernard Laporte’s lawyers have stepped up to criticize the bad timing of this investigation, which is taking place while the judges must deliberate on the Laporte/Altrad trial.

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