The indictment for criminal association of lawyer Pascal Garbarini in the financial investigation into the Corsican criminal gang of Petit Bar was canceled on Monday, October 17 by the investigating chamber of the Aix Court of Appeal. -in Provence, we learned from the prosecution.
The indictment of Pascal Garbarini is canceled for “lack of serious and consistent evidence”said the Aix-en-Provence prosecutor’s office, confirming the information from the lawyer’s advice.
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In a press release, the latter consider that it “is now accepted that Me Pascal-Pierre Garbarini should never have been indicted by the investigating judges and that such a decision was manifestly unfounded”.
As of July 25, they had deposited “a motion for nullity” of this indictment.
Extensive financial investigation
Mare Francis Teitgen, Patrick Maisonneuve and Marie-Laure Barre also recall in their letter that “the investigating chamber had already canceled on July 27, for the same reason, the judicial control measures which were accompanied by the indictment” of their client.
The Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal had in fact deemed insufficient the evidence against this renowned criminal lawyer in Corsican cases, who defended several alleged members of the Petit Bar but also Yvan Colonna at the trial of the assassination of the prefect Claude Erignac, and canceled his placement under judicial supervision.
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Me Garbarini is notably the lawyer for Jacques Santoni, the alleged leader of the Petit Bar, who was indicted in January 2021 in this vast financial investigation, in particular for extortion in an organized gang, aggravated money laundering and association of criminals.
Still under assisted witness status for money laundering
As part of this same investigation, Pascal Garbarini was indicted in mid-June for criminal association. According to the daily “Le Monde”, this case concerns amounts estimated at 48 million euros of offshore and real estate investment.
Also placed under the status of assisted witness for money laundering (status which he retains), he was under judicial control with the obligation to pay a deposit and the prohibition to enter into contact with the other members of the file.
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Investigators were trying to find out if the role played by Pascal Garbarini with his clients was limited to that of their defense lawyer or if he could have been their accomplice, according to sources familiar with the matter.
“The judgment delivered today restores Me Pascal-Pierre Garbarini in his honor and his reputation, which had been seriously damaged”add his lawyers in their press release.