Affaire Fillon : I have received no instructions, says the attorney-general of Paris - The Point

Catherine Champrenault has hammered, Thursday, July 2, before the commission of inquiry of the national Assembly on the independence of the judiciary : "I have

Affaire Fillon : I have received no instructions, says the attorney-general of Paris - The Point

Catherine Champrenault has hammered, Thursday, July 2, before the commission of inquiry of the national Assembly on the independence of the judiciary : "I have received in the case, Fillon, as in all the other folders under my control hierarchy, no statement of the Directorate for criminal affairs and pardons (DACG), no statement of the executive power and [...] I've never relayed a request from the keeper of the Seals or of the executive power to affect a procedure. "A statement following the remarks made by the ex-head of the Parquet national financier (PNF) Éliane Houlette which have given rise to accusations of" manipulation " of justice.

Eliane Houlette had sowed the disorder in the June 10, evoking, before the same commission, "monitoring very closely" that would have exercised the attorney general's office, his authority of direct supervision, in the conduct of investigations. The ex-head of the PNF was discussed "applications of rapid transmission" on the acts of investigation or the hearings and found to have been convened by the prosecutor general's office, which called for the investigation to be entrusted to an investigating judge.

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"normal Operation"

" we should not give in to the ease of rewriting of history ", has launched Catherine Champrenault. "The monitoring of public action by the attorney general, far from being a pressure, is the normal mode of operation, institutional, legal and even ethical for the whole of the magistrates of the public ministry ", she explained.

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Recalling the context of the opening of the preliminary investigation aimed François Fillon, on January 25, 2017, is "three months of the presidential election," the attorney general stressed that the acts of investigation were " carried out drum beating ". "The intensity of the reporting of information (performed by the PNF to the prosecutor general's office, editor's NOTE) was the only measure of the intensity of the acts carried "that were" advertised or commented on in the press, " she said.

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the law of The Republic

According to Catherine Champrenault, in this case, the DACG has made the "two requests" to "the results of the acts of investigation, but never" before. In addition, "new transmissions" have been "directed" by the PNF of the general prosecutor, " spontaneously ", while the prosecutor general's office has made four requests for information ". "I know you would want me to say that it has opened a information to resign François Fillon ", she continued. "But his defence was asking for an open judicial inquiry ", from "on the 9th of February," she noted

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A judge will ultimately seized on February 24. Given favorite for the presidential election, the voice of the conservative right had been eliminated in the first round after a campaign undermined by this case. "This case deserved to be a judge of instruction, more independent due to his status, to be seized," she estimated.

If the Parliament decides to remove these information offered, "actually, we will apply and we will not do nothing back," said the attorney general. However, "it has been 40 years that I am a magistrate of the public ministry and there is no Parliament that has taken this decision, then, don't blame me for applying the law of the Republic," she creaked. According to Catherine Champrenault, Eliane Houlette was experienced in conducting this survey, a " psychological pressure ", " what was all in all pretty normal because his investigation could have serious consequences ". "But we must not confuse the psychological pressure and pressure illegitimate ", she insisted.

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Updated Date: 02 July 2020, 09:34

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