Éric Dupond-Moretti pinned down by the courts for “illegal taking of interest”

The French Keeper of the Seals Eric Dupond-Moretti is in the sights of justice for suspicion of “illegal taking of interests” linked to his former duties as a lawyer.

The investigation targeting Eric Dupond-Moretti was opened Wednesday at the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), announced the general prosecutor at the Court of Cassation.

“The public prosecutor’s office was required to open this judicial information after the favorable opinion given on Friday by the requests commission of the CJR, made up of senior judges and which acts as a filter”, specifies the same source quoted by AFP.

This investigation follows complaints filed by the Anticor association and three magistrates ‘unions (SM, USM, SNM FO magistrates’ unit) which accuse the minister of conflicts of interest.

This case is in connection with the administrative proceedings that the current Minister of Justice ordered against two magistrates of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF). The latter contributed to a preliminary investigation with the objective of identifying the mole who would have been responsible for informing Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog that they were wiretapped.

The charge of taking interest for which the penalty incurred is five years in prison and 500,000 euros in fines could seriously taint the functions of Dupond-Moretti.

The famous celebrity lawyer was appointed Minister of Justice last July in the government of Jean Castex.

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