The prosecutor of Paris, Rémy Heitz announced, Tuesday, June 9, to the Agency France-Presse the opening, on the eve of an extensive preliminary investigation on the management criticized the crisis of the Covid-19 in France, including the heads of" involuntary homicide " or " endangering the lives of others ". This survey, judicial response to the bulk of the complaints received by the prosecutor's office in Paris, during the confinement, "is not there to define the political responsibilities and administrative," explained Rémy Heitz, "but to be able to possible criminal offences" of national decision-makers.
With the exception of the head of State, irresponsible, criminally, and members of the government, which is under the responsibility of the Court of justice of the Republic, seizure of 80 complaints. They are grouped in an " investigative hat ", the conurbation of 13 procedures devoted to the complaints of associations or trade union organisations, and a fourteenth covering 33 complaints, the great majority of individuals, from complaints types of website plaintecovid.fr.
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the investigation, entrusted to the central Office for combating damage to the environment and public health (OCLAESP), focus on the main complaints issued since the beginning of the epidemic : protection at work, provision of masks and testing, etc., The survey is open for " involuntary homicide ", " manslaughter ", " endangering the lives of others ", " abstention volunteer to fight a claim ", " non-assistance to person in danger ".
" If there are faults in the criminal, this will most likely be – it is an assumption – mistakes not intentional. However, the law sets out specific conditions to establish these offences : it requires proof of fault qualified, which is not a simple imprudence or negligence ", has detailed the prosecutor. Group these investigations will allow, according to the prosecutor, to establish a fund of documentary evidence common on the state of scientific knowledge. In fact, "for this type of offences, the criminal Code says it is necessary to appreciate the responsibilities" policy-makers " in the light of the resources and knowledge they had available at the time decisions ", stresses Rémy Heitz.
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This national survey does not relate to the long-term care facilities, which are the subject to this day local investigations, including two in Paris, but also in Paris or in Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes).
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