Emmanuel Macron’s former security officer is appearing in Paris for the violence of May 1, 2018 and for the passport affair.
It is a case that has shaken the highest spheres of the state and undermined the “exemplary” Republic preached by Emmanuel Macron. The revelation of a video of Alexandre Benalla, helmet of the police on his head, hitting a man on May 1, 2018, place de la Contrescarpe, in Paris, had caused a stir at the ‘Summer of that year. For these facts as well as for the so-called passport case, the former collaborator of Emmanuel Macron is tried with Vincent Crase, from this Monday, before the Paris Criminal Court.
The scandal erupted on July 18, 2018, when Alexandre Benalla was identified by Le Monde on a video by Taha Bouhafs, a former La France rebel activist who became a journalist. On these images, shot on May 1 on the Place de la Contrescarpe in the fifth arrondissement of Paris and broadcast the same day, we see Alexandre Benalla, wearing a visor helmet of the forces of order, hit a man. The investigations allow to establish that he also molests a couple on this same place as well as two other people at the Jardin des Plantes.
Problem, the man is then charged with mission to the president, and his action does not seem to correspond to that of an operation to maintain order. Very quickly, the opposition seized on the matter and voiced strong criticism on the management of the security services of the Elysium. The Paris prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation on July 19 and Alexandre Benalla was dismissed by the Elysée the next day.
After several months of investigation, Alexandre Benalla and Vincent Crase, a former employee of the Republic in motion, are indicted and placed in provisional detention for a week in February 2019. They then claim to have helped the police to arrest demonstrators who threw projectiles at them. But for the investigating judge in charge of the case, their intervention “did not appear necessary”. It orders their referral to the criminal court.
In his book What they don’t want me to say published in November 2019, Alexandre Benalla admitted that “mistakes were made obviously by me, that’s for sure, but it still seems. © all that I have a very wide back. And I am far from being the only one responsible for this wreck. I am the useful fuse of power, ”he laments.
Now 29 years old and reconverted in the private sector, the former charge of mission at the lysÃ © e must therefore appear for “violence in meeting, interference without title in the exercise of a public function, carrying of a weapon, public use and without right of a badge, violation of professional secrecy and disclosure of video protection images ”. He faces up to seven years in prison and 100,000 euros. TO?? his sides, Vincent Crase, former employee of the Republic on the move, must respond to “violence in a meeting, public use and without the right of a badge, carrying a prohibited weapon. © and deletion of data ”and risks three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros.
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Two former high ranks of the Prefecture of Police of Paris, suspected of having handed over to Alexandre Benalla the video surveillance images of the Place de la Contrescarpe, are for their part judged for “disclosure video protection images and breach of professional secrecy ”.
For a “good administration of justice”, the Paris Criminal Court ordered the junction of these files with that of the fraudulent use by Alexandre Benalla of diplomatic and service passports. For several months after his dismissal from the Élysée, he had indeed continued to travel with diplomatic passports. He also held a service passport obtained fraudulently according to the prosecution. An investigation was opened on December 29, 2018 by the Paris prosecutor’s office. Regarding this second part, the former official is judged for “forgery, use of forgery in writing and public use without the right of a badge”.
The legal troubles do not end there for Alexandre Benalla, since three other legal proceedings concerning him are still pending in Paris. One, under the aegis of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF), deals with suspicions of “corruption” in a contract between Vincent Crase’s company, Mars, and a sulphurous Russian oligarch.
A second, entrusted since November 2019 to an examining magistrate, concerns the mysterious safe that the ex-charge of the mission had at his home to store his weapons, and on the contents from another safe in his office at the lysea. Alexandre Benalla is suspected of having concealed evidence as part of the investigation into the May 1 violence. Finally, the Paris prosecutor’s office has been investigating since April 2019 on suspicions of “false testimony” before the Senate committee of inquiry.
A procedure for “breach of reporting obligations to the HATVP” (High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life) was on the other hand closed in February 2020.
the 09/13/2021 at 12:30
Alexandre is not his real first name, not even the courage to assume his origins! Lamentable! Its recent attempts have shown its limits, and it’s not brilliant!
the 09/13/2021 at 12:27
the 09/13/2021 at 12:25 PM
Okay. A fuse which risks little in view of its proximity to the small banker. One more … For the rest, it is the ninth illustration (if it was still needed!) That the macron vote constitutes the degree of political maturity.