The Court of Justice of the Republic seized for opinion after the revelations of the "Duck chained" on Jean-Jacques Urvoas

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La Cour de justice de la République saisie pour avis après les révélations du « Canard enchaîné » sur Jean-Jacques Urvoas

The former minister of justice provided a confidential note to Thierry Solère, MP Hauts-de-Seine, during the inter-two-round presidential election.

Thierry Solère, deputy of the Hauts-de-Seine rallied to the Republic in progress (LRM) and former Quaestor of the National Assembly, will be able to prepare his defense in the preliminary - and therefore normally secret - investigation which aims for fraud tax, money laundering, bribery, trading in influence and theft of corporate property. Although he has not yet been heard by the police, he already knows many details of the possible offenses he is accused of.

And that, as revealed Wednesday, December 13 The chained Duck, thanks to former justice minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas. The latter would have profited from the powers related to his function between the two rounds of the presidential election to request a summary of the investigation to the Directorate of Criminal Affairs and Graces (DACG) before forwarding it to Mr. Solère.

The two men had taken precautions by communicating through the encrypted Telegram messaging, says the satirical weekly. But Thierry Solère did not see fit to erase the message sent by Mr. Urvoas and the police of the central office for fighting corruption and financial and tax offenses (OCLCLIFF) fell on the occasion of a search at his home at the end of June.

This is unfortunate for Mr Urvoas, who could be sued in the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) as a former minister, for breach of professional secrecy, or even hindering the exercise of justice.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation announced that he had seized the RGC "For opinion [...] of facts likely to be qualified as breach of professional secrecy, committed by Mr. Jean-Jacques Urvoas, in the performance of his duties as keeper of the seals".

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Possible ministerial course

At the time, Thierry Solère pressed - wrongly - that he will integrate the government, in particular because of its proximity to the prime minister, Edouard Philippe. In order to ensure that the preliminary investigation conducted by the prosecutor's office of Nanterre since September 6, 2016 will not interfere with a possible ministerial course, he tells Mr. Urvoas, then Minister of Justice on departure.

according to The Duck chainedit was therefore at his request that the Socialist would have gone to sound his services to find out more. The Nanterre public prosecutor's office was obliged to report to the Versailles public prosecutor's office, which was itself obliged to send the information to the DACG. To justify the expected immediacy of the response, the DACG states that this is a request from the firm. The note finally lands, fault understood and almost without delay, in the office of the minister.

This Wednesday, in a statement, the floor of Nanterre has confirmed that elements "Liable to incur the criminal responsibility of Jean-Jacques Urvoas" were found in a search and forwarded on December 5 to the public prosecutor at the Court of Cassation.

Questioned by The Duck chainedThierry Solère's lawyers assured that the note contained nothing more than what the press had already revealed. Contacted by The world, M. Solère did not wish to add any comments. For his part, Jean-Jacques Urvoas did not respond to the requests of the World.

Friendly correspondence

A few days after the Constitutional Council decided to validate the principle again, this case raises once again the question of the relevance of the subordination of the prosecutor to the keeper of the seals. It also reveals that reporting back to the minister's office in politico-financial affairs remains relevant.

During the exploitation of the phone of Thierry Solère, the police also discovered that he maintained a friendly correspondence with Roger Le Loire, former dean of the examining magistrates at the tribunal de grande instance of Paris, now judge of instruction in Nanterre. During their exchanges, the magistrate inquired about a possible investiture LR he wanted to run for the legislative elections. Information denied at the time by both parties. Solicited, Mr. Le Loire did not follow up.

Other exchanges, however, where the case of Mr Solère, to which Mr Le Loire did not have any access anyway, justified the submission of this part to the Paris Public Prosecutor, who must decide whether this justifies the opening of an investigation. He seized the Personal Crime Squad (BRDP) to determine whether these exchanges are likely to be criminalized.

The initial investigation against Mr. Solère is still going on. In addition to a tax component, in which he is suspected of failing to declare a portion of his income between 2010 and 2013, investigators suspect possible failures in his declaration of interest made to the High Authority on the transparency of public life (HATVP). They also wonder about influence traffic in the context of the contracts established by Mr. Solère before and during his term of deputies with companies specialized in the treatment of waste.

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