Judicial information on the management of the crisis due to the Covid-19 epidemic will be opened at the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) against former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and former health ministers Olivier Véran and Agnes Buzyn, announced Friday July 3 the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation, François Molins.
The requests commission, made up of senior magistrates and which acts as a filter, has indeed found admissible nine complaints against these former members of the government. At the end of the procedure, Mr. Molins is now required to seize the investigative commission of the CJR, which will act as an investigating judge and lead the investigations.
A total of 90 complaints received
Ninety complaints have been received by the CJR – the only body empowered to try members of the government for acts committed in the exercise of their functions – and 53 of them have been examined. Among them, 34 were declared inadmissible. Ten others, targeting in particular ex-ministers Nicole Belloubet (justice), Jean-Yves Le Drian (foreign affairs) or Christophe Castaner (interior), were classified without result.
The nine remaining complaints were grouped together for referral to the Commission of Inquiry under the sole head of“Abstention from fighting a claim” against Mme Buzyn and MM. Philippe and Véran, according to the press release from the Attorney General.
Mme Buzyn held the post of Minister of Health until mid-February, before leaving to seek the seat of mayor of Paris. Edouard Philippe and Olivier Véran were part of the government which resigned on Friday morning. The Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, is criminally irresponsible for acts carried out in the exercise of his functions.
Outgoing Prime Minister Edouard Philippe “Taken note” Friday of the announcement of an upcoming investigation into and management of the Covid-19 crisis “All the necessary answers”, he wrote in a press release to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The complaints to the CJR had started to be filed a few days after the confinement began in mid-March. They come from individuals, doctors, associations or even prisoners. The complainants complained, depending on the case, of “Endangering the lives of others”, d’” manslaughter ” or from ” no assistance to the person in danger “.
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