Final acquittal of the Minister of Justice of France

The conflict of interest arose because, as a minister, Dipon-Moretti launched an investigation against the judges with whom he once disputed when he was a lawyer, and because as a minister he is connected to the lawyer of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the corruption scandal

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Eric Dipon-Moretti in court, Photo: REUTERS
Eric Dipon-Moretti in court, Photo: REUTERS

The acquittal of the French Minister of Justice Eric Dupont-Moretti, accused of conflict of interest, became final today by the decision of the public prosecution.

"I will not, in my capacity as state prosecutor, file a cassational appeal against this decision on release," state prosecutor of the Court of Cassation Remi Ets told French radio station France Info.

The conflict of interest arose because Dipon-Moretti, as a minister, launched an investigation against the judges with whom he once argued when he was a lawyer, and because as a minister he is connected to the lawyer of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the corruption scandal.

Dipon-Moretti said during the trial that his main goal is to run the ministry well and that he "doesn't care" about the rest. He added that his past disputes are far behind him. The court acquitted him with the assessment that there were no elements that he was intentionally in a conflict of interest.

The prosecutor, who in the indictment in mid-November asked for a sentence of one year of suspended prison, assessed today that it would be complicated to restart the trial.

Despite the trial, Dupont-Moretta, who was once a very famous lawyer, still enjoys the support of French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne.

The minister remained in office during the trial, and was threatened with a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of 500.000 euros, as well as a ban on holding public functions. His departure from the government, to which he was appointed in July 2020, would be inevitable.

Dupont-Moretti (62) is known in France because during his 36 years as a lawyer, he managed to acquit 140 clients of serious charges, which is how he earned the nickname "The Liberator".

It is known to the public that this man with a corpulent build "doesn't have a hair on his tongue", and he appeared in television police series and movies, where he mainly played himself.

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