Rachida Dati loses a decisive authorized spherical | EUROtoday

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Rachida Dati, during Emmanuel Macron's press conference, following the President of the Republic's decision to dissolve the National Assembly, in Paris, June 9, 2024.

It was one in every of her final playing cards to attempt to escape a trial. Rachida Dati misplaced a decisive spherical on Tuesday, July 2, earlier than the investigating chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal. The courtroom rejected an enchantment filed by the attorneys of the Minister of Culture and Mayor of the seventhe arrondissement of Paris to acquire the cancellation of the proceedings towards him within the so-called “Carlos Ghosn” case, named after the previous CEO of Renault-Nissan, the topic of two worldwide arrest warrants from the French courts and on the run in Lebanon.

As a part of their request, Mr.me Dati argued that the statute of limitations had expired on this case since 2015. However, a judicial supply noticed with the World that the investigating chamber rejected this request and thus confirmed an preliminary determination of the investigating judges on the limitation interval.

Furthermore, the investigating chamber didn’t transmit to the Court of Cassation a precedence query of constitutionality (QPC), raised by the Dati camp, on the admissibility of the request for prescription within the case, regardless of the expiry of a interval of six months after Mr.me Dati, who has been prosecuted since July 2021 for “passive corruption”, “passive influence peddling”, “concealment of abuse of power” and “concealment of breach of trust”.

“Like the National Financial Prosecutor's Office [PNF], investigating judges, the public prosecutor's office, the investigating chamber considered that none of the allegedly relevant elements provided by Mr.me Dati in the debate was not likely to change anything in this matter”analyzes a supply near the case.

Hardly any hint of the performances

The investigating judges are specializing in the charges (900,000 euros excluding tax for allegedly 900 hours of labor) paid to Mr.me Dati as a lawyer, from 2010 to 2012, by Renault-Nissan BV (RNBV), the Dutch subsidiary of the Renault-Nissan alliance. At that point, Mme Dati was a Member of the European Parliament, a substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and lobbying actions are prohibited within the European Parliament.

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Apart from a number of basic notes, the judges discovered little hint of the companies: absence of annual exercise studies from Mr.me Dati, linked to Mr. Ghosn by a confidential charge settlement signed in October 2009, referring to “the group's international expansion policy, particularly in the Middle East and Maghreb countries” ; absence of expense studies for attainable journeys overseas; uncommon conferences between Mme Dati and Mr. Ghosn; “lack of documentation” able to justifying funds, absence of “detailed invoices” of Mme Data and “written termination indicating the top of [s]a mission »in keeping with an audit carried out in 2019 on the administration of RNBV.

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