Mutuelles de Bretagne: Richard Ferrand again in court
Published on 21.6.2022 by Epoch Times with AFP
The Anticor association will try on June 22 before the Court of Cassation to prevent the justice does not definitively close the case of Mutuals of Brittany. Richard Ferrand had been indicted for illegal taking of interest but obtained, on appeal, the recognition of the prescription.
In the judicial investigation opened after a complaint from the anti-corruption association in 2017, the former deputy of Finistère (2012-2022) and ex-president of La République En Marche (LREM) of the National Assembly is suspected of having set up a contentious real estate transaction: the rental from 2011 by the Mutuelles de Bretagne, which he managed, of commercial premises belonging to his partner, for an annual rent of 42,000 euros, for nine years.
The three judges from Lille who have been investigating the case since the change of scenery of the case had indicted Mr. Ferrand in September 2019 for illegal taking of interest, and placed under the more favorable status of assisted witness his partner Sandrine Doucen.
But at the end of March 2021, the defense of the former fourth character of the State – not re-elected deputy on Sunday evening – had obtained a legal victory. The investigation chamber of the Douai Court of Appeal had considered that the acts referred to, committed from December 1, 2010 to June 18, 2012, had been time-barred for several years. Or since July 2014, that is to say three years after the signing of the lease. That is since July 2015, three years after the resignation of Mr. Ferrand from Mutuelles. But in both cases, before the facts were reported to justice in 2017.
A “concealed offence”?
Anticor has since lodged an appeal in cassation after a decision “extremely surprising given the facts, the position of the investigating judge and the public prosecutor’s office”according to Me Jérôme Karsenti, council of the association.
The anti-corruption association calls for a “concealed offence”starting the prescription on the date of the revelation of the case in 2017 by the chained duck and not, as Mr. Ferrand’s defense argues, when he left the company in 2012 before becoming a deputy.
If the Court of Cassation confirmed the decision of the Douai Court of Appeal on the limitation period, this would mean the extinction of the proceedings.
The Court of Cassation will also examine Wednesday a second appeal, brought by Richard Ferrand who argues the nullity of the procedure on the grounds that the Paris court, seized of a complaint by Anticor, was not territorially competent to deal with it. The investigating chamber rejected this request.