The case was postponed because of the epidemic of Covid-19, but the proceedings are not abandoned for all and justice will follow its course, according to the expression consecrated. Georges Mela, mayor of Porto-Vecchio, and his cabinet director Pierre Alessandrini, were to be tried on 17 April in front of the correctional court of Ajaccio (Corse-du-Sud) for "attempted fraud" and " complicity in attempt at swindle ". The record, set by the former attorney-in-title, Eric Bouillard, will finally be examined on 8 December.
The heads of prevention retained emit a smell of sulfur, but the facts are much more down-to-earth. Here's the story : it is alleged that the chief magistrate of this lively seaside resort to have produced in court, under the pen of his cabinet director, a certificate entitling his son to contest a fine of 135 euros ; the latter had been sentenced to this PV after being parked on a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities, rue Napoléon, 150 metres from the town hall. Detail funny : it is an agent of the municipal police who observed the offense and drew up a report. As far as the law allows, Mr. Mela, the owner of the vehicle, raised an objection before the tribunal de police by producing a certificate from the director of the municipal police, drafted in fact by his " dircab ", on the headed paper of the City, and claiming that the location for the disabled had a " no signaling ". To be clear : the agent verbalisateur would have sinned by excess of zeal while the son was parked at a place called in good faith.
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Clearly, this system of defence was not to the liking of the prosecutor of Ajaccio, which, by means of which we will probably never have the ins and outs, has smelled a " maneuver ". And this is how " inconvenient parking ", contravention of the 4th class, could turn into a scam, a crime punishable – in theory at least – seven years of imprisonment because the mayor is " custodian of the public authority ". The scam involves "a fraudulent scheme" (the false statement, according to the public prosecutor) and the " surrender a thing ", which here takes the form of an " act concerning the discharge of an obligation ".
"Pipi de chat"
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Before adding with a long sigh : "If there is that it as a scam, it is quiet. It is exaggerated, you cannot find, this whole story, to a fine eventually reduced to 90 euros ? But finally, it is necessary to go explain himself before the court, we will go. "And warn, the author of these lines :" Beware, to handle cases like this, you're going to end dogs be crushed ! "(re-laughter).
In the poll of 15 march, the list of Mr. Mela, candidate at his succession, had collected 40,09 % of the vote and was ranked second behind that of his rival regionalist Jean-Christophe Angelini (44,49 % of the votes) and ahead of another candidate, nationalist, Don Mathieu Santini (15,41 %).
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