The Paris police prefect, Didier Lallement, and senior magistrates are under investigation for “False testimony” during their hearing before the National Assembly’s commission of inquiry into the obstacles to the independence of the judiciary, the Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) public prosecutor’s office said Thursday (January 14th).
In addition to Mr. Lallement, the president of the Paris court of appeal, Jean-Michel Hayat, the general prosecutor of Paris, Catherine Champrenault, the public prosecutor of Paris, Rémy Heitz, and the former prosecutor of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) Eliane Houlette are targeted by this investigation opened after reports from the deputy of the North Ugo Bernalicis, from the ranks of La France insoumise, said the prosecution, confirming information from the newspaper 20 Minutes.
In September 2020, Mr. Bernalicis, chairman of the commission of inquiry on the independence of the judiciary, accused seven senior officials – prosecutors, prefect, director of the national police – of “False testimonies” and of “Perjury” before parliamentarians. He then seized the public prosecutor of Paris for a series of statements “Lies” under oath.
The first target is the prosecutor himself, Rémy Heitz. In one of the letters from Mr. Bernalicis to justice, which Agence France-Presse (AFP) was able to consult, the deputy points to an internal note on the fate of “yellow vests” arrested, while Mr. Heitz assured n ‘to have “Signed any document giving instructions to [ses] colleagues “.
The Paris police chief is accused of not having told the truth when he said he did not “Found the organizers” unauthorized police protests in June.
Regarding Mme Champrenault and Mme Houlette, Mr. Bernalicis highlights “Discordant statements” on interventions in the context of the Fillon affair. “Lies were deliberately spoken”, deduces the deputy from the North.
The former president of the Paris court Jean-Michel Hayat is also suspected of “Perjury” on the reasons for the appointment of judge Serge Tournaire in the same Fillon case.
Reports concerning the director general of the national police, Frédéric Veaux, and the former prosecutor of Nice Jean-Michel Prêtre are them ” being processed ” by the Paris prosecutor’s office. False testimony is punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros.