The public prosecutor ruled that there were “sufficient charges” against Eric Dupond-Moretti, former lawyer and current Keeper of the Seals, to refer him to the judgment formation of the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), the only jurisdiction empowered to prosecute and judge ministers for offenses committed in the exercise of their functions, announces a press release from the general prosecutor’s office at the Court of Cassation dated Tuesday, May 10. The Minister of Justice is suspected of having taken advantage of his position to settle accounts with magistrates with whom he had had trouble when he was a lawyer in two cases.
The final decision on a possible referral of the Minister to the CJR’s judgment panel now rests with the CJR’s investigation committee. Éric Dupond-Moretti, appointed to the government in the summer of 2020, has been indicted for acts of illegal taking of interest since July 2021. Complaints from magistrates’ unions and the anti-corruption association Anticor, denouncing two conflict situations of interest since his arrival at the Chancellery, had given rise to the opening of a judicial investigation.
Summoned, the Keeper of the Seals had refused to answer the questions of the CJR
Summoned in March and April by the magistrates of the CJR on the two files, he refused to answer their questions. The first file concerns the administrative investigation that he ordered in September 2020 against three magistrates of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) who had had his detailed telephone bills peeled (“fadettes”) when he was still a star of the bar.