The Melun prosecutor’s office had appealed the decision to place the actor under house arrest with an electronic bracelet. The Paris Court of Appeal examined the file on Friday, in the absence of the principal concerned.
For the serenity of the debates. On the morning of Friday, February 24, the Paris public prosecutor’s office and Pierre Palmade’s lawyer, Céline Lasek, made a request for limited publicity of the proceedings concerning the appeal of the decision to place the humorist under house arrest with an electronic bracelet rather than put him in detention. The investigating chamber ruled in a few minutes on the camera. Pierre Palmade and the representatives of the civil parties were not present at the hearing. At the end of the hearing, the Court of Appeal indicated that it would render its decision on Monday February 27.
The comedian was presented last Friday to an examining magistrate for an indictment for “manslaughter and manslaughter“, a week after the serious car accident he caused in Seine-et-Marne under the influence of cocaine.
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The 54-year-old comedianadmitted to using cocaine and synthetic drugs before driving” more “indicated that he had no precise recollection of the circumstances of the accident“, added Jean-Michel Bourlès, who had requested his placement in pre-trial detention. A request rejected by the judge of freedoms and detention.
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Effort of celerity
Article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure includes, even in tort, several conditions for deciding on provisional detention: in this case the risk of repetition of the facts and the risk of fraudulent consultation between witnesses or defendants. Pierre Palmade being a repeat offender in terms of driving under the influence of narcotics, this is the first criterion that was required during the hearing this morning by the general prosecutor’s office.
Throughout this case, the judicial machinery has been diligent. The shattered life of an entire family by a cocaine-soaked driver, who is more famous, arouses too many symbols and emotions in public opinion for Justice not to take this effort as well as that of serenity.
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Friday, February 17, around 7 p.m., when the decision of the judge of freedom and detention fell to place Pierre Palmade under an electronic bracelet rather than in pre-trial detention, everything therefore very quickly began. The Melun prosecution takes less than half an hour to decide to appeal and to formalize it on Monday. The public prosecutor’s office will play its role to hear the file this Friday in a hearing which contains a good dozen files. If the Code of Criminal Procedure allows two months for “audiencer» an appeal in matters of judicial control or electronic bracelet, it is much more rigorous when it comes to a referral for pre-trial detention before the investigating chamber before which all cases of detention and deprivation are decided freedom – since this period is now only 15 days. This is also why the decision is scheduled for this Monday.
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For justice, there is in this case the need to be exemplary, with a case that is becoming more complicated and several satellite cases: the road litigation has worsened with narcotics and child pornography cases.
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