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Éric Dupond-Moretti lors d’une conférence de presse à Paris, le 27 septembre 2022. © Stephane de Sakutin / AFP affair Éric Dupond-Moretti at a press conference in Paris, September 27, 2022. Keeper of the Seals, indicted in July 2021 for illegal taking of interest, will be fixed on his fate this Monday, October 3, 2022. The Keeper of the Seals

Éric Dupond-Moretti

Sara Monday October 3, 2022 if he will be tried before The Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR)

for illegal taking of interests . It would be a first: since the creation of the CJR in 1993, no minister has been tried when he was in office. What is criticized for the Minister of Justice? What consequences for him? We explain to you in four questions. 1. What are the accusations that weigh on Éric Dupond-Moretti?

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The minister was indicted in July 2021 for illegal interests, one year after entering the government. He is accused of having taken advantage of his office as Minister of Justice to settle accounts when he was a lawyer. Assures him that he only made

"follow the recommendations of his administration"

.

Two situations of conflict of interest were reported to justice and gave rise, in January 2021, to the opening of a judicial information.

The first concerns an administrative inquiry ordered by Éric Dupond-Moretti in September 2020 against three magistrates of the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF). The latter had peel his telephone bills when he was a lawyer to flush out a possible taupe that would have informed Nicolas Sarkozy whom he was listening. One of the three magistrates was bleached and the other two are waiting for a decision for October 19. No sanction was required against them.

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The second relates to administrative proceedings ordered against a former investigating judge, of which Éric Dupond-Moretti had criticized his

"cowboy" methods. The Superior Council of Magistracy did not sanction it, believing that

"no disciplinary breach can be criticized for it"

. 2. What is the issue of this Monday? The Minister of Justice is

summoned this Monday with his lawyers

to 9 a.m. before the CJR investigation committee, the only body empowered to judge the members of the government for crimes or crimes committed in the exercise of their mandate . The three magistrates who compose it will give their decision on the referral or not in trials of Eric Dupond-Moretti for illegal taking of interest.

If he is returned, Éric Dupond-Moretti will be the Prime Minister in office held since the creation of the CJR, in 1993. Eight ministers and two secretaries of state have already been returned to the CJR, but they were no longer in practice. 3. What are his chances of escaping a referral?

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The Minister said on Wednesday September 28 on France 2 to have the

"quasi-certainty"

to be tried before the CJR.

"Given the conditions under which the investigation was carried out, we unfortunately have no illusions on the meaning of the decision which must be rendered this Monday" , added Friday with AFP the lawyers of the Minister, My Christophe Ingrain and Rémi Lorrain.

4. Is its maintenance to the government called into question? raised at each procedural stage of this file, the question of maintaining the government of Eric Dupond-Moretti would arise again if it was returned to trials.

"

This indictment never hampered me in my work. There is this indictment, I have always said that it was a settling of accounts. I have my legitimacy of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, and of them only ", defended the Minister on France 2 this week, adding that he was " extremely serene ".

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