Agnès Buzyn, Minister of Health who had resigned in mid-February 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, is summoned Friday morning to the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), in Paris, in view of a possible indictment, AFP learned from a judicial source, confirming information from Le Monde.
This summons to the CJR, the only court empowered to judge ministers in the exercise of their functions, comes as part of the fourteen-month investigation into how the government has handled this epidemic.
On July 3, 2020, the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Court of Cassation announced the opening of a judicial investigation for “abstaining from fighting a disaster” targeting former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, Agnès Buzyn and her successor Olivier Véran. This offense, punishable by 2 years in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros, punishes “anyone who voluntarily refrains from taking or provoking measures allowing, without risk for him or for third parties, to fight a disaster likely to create a danger to the safety of persons ”.
According to Le Monde, the former Minister of Health, unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Paris, who in January became “envoy of the Director General for Multilateral Affairs” to the World Health Organization (WHO), did not respond to a first convocation of the investigating magistrates of the CJR in July.
In the complaints against Agnès Buzyn examined and for some retained by the requests commission of the CJR, many are those which recall the remarks that the former minister made in Le Monde in mid-March, after her heavy fall in the first round of municipal elections , March 15, 2020, and stating that she had warned Édouard Philippe that the ballot could not be held, given the seriousness of the health threat. “From the start I had only thought of one thing: the coronavirus. We should have stopped everything, it was a masquerade, “she explained.
VIDEO. “You cannot say that we did not anticipate”, proclaims Agnès Buzyn in front of the deputies on June 30, 2020
Heard in June 2020 by the National Assembly’s information mission on the impact of the coronavirus, Agnès Buzyn reiterated that the Ministry of Health had not acted slowly.