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French justice minister indicted in conflict of interest investigation – JURIST – News – .


French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti was indicted on Friday in a conflict of interest investigation after a six-hour hearing. He was accused of using his office to serve personal interests.
The Anticor Association and three judicial unions have filed complaints with the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) alleging that Dupond-Moretti illegally used his position to retaliate against three judges and a magistrate. The CJR is the only French court empowered to try members of the government accused of having committed criminal acts or offenses in the exercise of their function.

In January, the Attorney General François Molins considered that the complaints were admissible and he decided to open a judicial investigation. Former criminal lawyer Dupond-Moretti appeared before the CJR on Friday to respond to accusations of abuse of power. One of Dupond-Moretti’s lawyers claimed that Dupond-Moretti explained the facts clearly and precisely throughout his hearing, but unfortunately the court was not convinced.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who appointed Dupond-Moretti about a year ago, and Prime Minister Jean Castex have expressed their support for the minister and encouraged him to appeal. Lawyers for Dupond-Moretti have confirmed that he plans to appeal the ruling.

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