Henri Jibrayel was tried on October 27 for embezzlement of public funds. Monday, November 22, the Marseille Criminal Court sentenced the former deputy for the northern districts of Marseille (2007-2017) to 12 months in prison, including six suspended sentences, a 10,000 euros fine and ineligibility of five years, relate Provence and France 3 Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur. A sentence that he will execute at his home under an electronic bracelet.

“I find that there, we are a little too strong. I do not play the cry, I assume, but I consider that five years of ineligibility, it is a little strong. It is a political fierceness”, a reacted the defendant, who announced that he was going to appeal his conviction. “Two solutions still exist, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Cassation, I will go to the end of the procedure,” he said, quoted by France 3.

The former socialist deputy was accused of having used his IRFM (Representative Allowance for Mandate Expenses) to go and play at the casino and to buy a personal car. What Henri Jibrayel disputes: “The money which was used at the casino, was not the compensation representative of expenses of mandate, but of the money injected, I have the bank statements, and yet, one persists. “.

If since 2018, deputies have to justify their expenses, by providing invoices, when he was a deputy, this was not the case. It is on this point that the defense of the former deputy was keen to support. “I have never stolen from anyone. Until 2015 this money was free to use (…) Some people bought hotlines (…) This money, I did what I wanted like the law provided for it “, reacted Henri Jibrayel at the microphone of France Blue Provence. The former elected nevertheless recognizes that this could be badly perceived: “If it crashes, I understand very well (…) but I have never embezzled in a personal capacity but I understand (…) it certainly shouldn’t have been done, but it was not the taxpayer’s money. “

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