Balladur will end up being judged

Balladur will end up being judged

© Charles Platiau
Edouard Balladur in campaign in Loudeac (Côtes-d’Armor), March 28, 1995.

The Court of Cassation rejected last Friday the former Prime Minister’s appeal.

Edouard Balladur, 90, will therefore end up being tried before the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) in the ancient Karachi affair. The ex-prime minister will have done everything to delay the criminal expiration, but the Court of Cassation decided this Friday to put an end to these procedural pretenses, rejecting his last appeal before judgment in the public square.

For the record, this was the origin of the 2002 attack targeting DCN employees, responsible for supplying two nuclear submarines to Pakistan. To this terrorist component, was quickly added criminal proceedings on the underside of the arms trade, in Asia as in the Arabian Peninsula, with suspicions more or less based on the financing of the presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur , in 1995. This funding was in its time validated by the Constitutional Council, before criminal justice put its grain of salt in it – all parallel with the funding of Nicolas Sarkozy’s campaign in 2007, also dubbed in its time by the supreme body before being called into question many years later by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) would be abusive… In short, the Court of Cassation, made up of professional magistrates, unlike the Constitutional Council, riddled with old politicians, just whistled the end of recess. On Form : “At the material time, the Constitutional Council had neither the mission nor the means to order investigations.” As on the bottom: “The fact of including certain sums in the candidate’s campaign receipts did not exclude the concealment of their origin.”

Everything is now in place for a great moment in judicial archeology. All that remains is to finally fix the date. Via this ultimate scud delivered by the high magistrates to the politicians: “It does not matter that some authorities who should have reported the facts under the criminal procedure code did not do so” in their time.


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