The Keeper of the Seals, targeted by a judicial investigation for “illegal taking of interests”, was summoned on July 16 for an indictment.
Eric Dupond-Moretti is summoned on July 16 to the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) for an indictment in the investigation she is leading on suspicions of “Illegal taking of interests”, a source close to the matter told AFP on Monday, confirming information from the Parisian. The Minister of Justice is suspected of having taken advantage of his office to intervene in cases for which he was previously a lawyer.
According to this source, the summons was handed over to the Minister of Justice last Thursday on the sidelines of the search carried out at the Ministry of Justice as part of this investigation. “Delivering a summons on the day of the search is to consider that what was seized has no interest and that everything is decided in advance”, reacted to AFP the lawyers of Mr. Dupond-Moretti, Mr. Christophe Ingrain and Rémi Lorrain.
A “declaration of war”
The three magistrates of the investigating committee of the CJR, the only one empowered to judge ministers, raided Thursday for fifteen hours the premises of the Ministry of Justice. The search, which began around 9 a.m. Place Vendôme, ended around midnight, according to a source familiar with the matter. It was led by around twenty gendarmes from the Paris research section, with magistrates from the CJR. Eric Dupond-Moretti, who stayed until the end, attended the operations and declared himself “Extremely serene”. Above all, he questioned, without naming him, the main magistrates’ union.
“One of the magistrates’ unions which lodged a complaint declared, after my appointment, that it was a ‘declaration of war’. The same union said Thursday that the complaint was only filed for the sole purpose of being indicted. Everything is here”, said Dupond-Moretti in the Sunday newspaper. The famous union implicitly questioned by the minister is in fact the Union Syndicale des Magistrates (USM), the majority union among magistrates.
On Thursday, one of the Keeper of the Seals’ phones was seized on this occasion and the content of the mailboxes of several of his collaborators was “Sucked”, according to a source familiar with the matter. The survey for “Illegal taking of interests” was opened in January, after complaints from three magistrates’ unions and the Anticor association.
At the heart of the accusations is the administrative investigation ordered by Eric Dupond-Moretti in September against three magistrates of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF). All three had participated in a preliminary investigation aimed at identifying the mole who allegedly informed ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog that they were wiretapped in a corruption case. Nicolas Sarkozy and Thierry Herzog have since been sentenced in this case to three years in prison, one of which is closed, and have appealed.