François Fillon definitively discovered responsible within the fictitious jobs affair; a brand new trial will decide his sentence | EUROtoday

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Former Prime Minister François Fillon, during his first instance trial for fictitious jobs, in Paris, February 27, 2020.

There will subsequently be a 3rd Fillon trial. The Court of Cassation definitively confirmed, Wednesday April 24, the guilt of François Fillon within the case of his spouse's fictitious jobs, however the excessive courtroom ordered a brand new trial in regards to the sentences handed down in opposition to him and the damages.

A brand new listening to will subsequently be held within the coming months earlier than the Paris Court of Appeal to re-examine the sanctions imposed on the previous prime minister, aged 70, who was sentenced on attraction on May 9, 2022 to 4 years in jail. imprisonment, together with one 12 months, high-quality of 375,000 euros and ten years of ineligibility. On the opposite hand, the conviction of Penelope Fillon (two years suspended jail sentence and 375,000 euros high-quality) and that of Mr. Fillon's former deputy in Sarthe Marc Joulaud (three years suspended jail sentence), are as for them confirmed by the Court.

The latter “confirms the decision of the Court of Appeal in that it recognizes the guilt of a deputy, his wife and his deputy, in particular for embezzlement of public funds and complicity. On the other hand, it overturns the decision of the court of appeal relating to the sentences imposed on the deputy and the damages to be paid.she said in a press release.

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“Indeed, a judge can only pronounce an unsuspended prison sentence if the seriousness of the offense and the personality of its perpetrator make this sentence essential and if any other sanction is manifestly inadequate. (…) However, in sentencing the MP, the appeal judge did not explain how a sanction other than unsuspended imprisonment would have been manifestly inadequate. considers the Court of Cassation in its decision.

While the Fillon couple had been ordered on appeal to pay 800,000 euros in damages to the National Assembly to reimburse the entirety of the salaries paid to Penelope Fillon, the Court of Cassation also overturned this decision, considering that the “judges found that, if the remuneration paid was clearly disproportionate in relation to the work provided, it was not devoid of any consideration”.

Judicial victory earlier than the Constitutional Council on the finish of 2023

This resolution of the Court of Cassation in regards to the opening or not of a 3rd trial was eagerly awaited, seven years after the explosion in 2017 of “Penelopegate » in the middle of the presidential campaign, in which Mr. Fillon was the candidate of the right and the center. He was sentenced at first instance, on June 29, 2020, to five years in prison, including two years, before his prison sentence was reduced by one year on appeal.

During the hearing before the Court of Cassation on February 28, the lawyers representing the Fillon couple and Marc Joulaud developed a series of arguments for the Court to order a new trial, based in particular on a decision of the Constitutional Council of September 28, 2023 which, seized as part of a priority question of constitutionality by Mr. Fillon, repealed a provision of the code of criminal procedure, opening the way to a possible third trial.

Me François-Henri Briard argued that, to draw the consequences, an appeal court had to re-examine the request for annulment of the proceedings judged “biased” by the protection and subsequently fully re-examine the case. The Advocate General, quite the opposite, thought of that the Court of Appeal had already sufficiently justified its rejection of this request for annulment and even anticipated the choice of the Constitutional Council.

Me Patrice Spinosi made different criticisms, notably in regards to the damages, the motivation for the jail sentence imposed on François Fillon and its association. On this final level, the Advocate General agreed that the Court of Appeal's formulation was “very confused” and proposed to the Court of Cassation to rewrite the incriminated passage, with out ordering a brand new trial.

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