A judicial investigation for “illegal taking of interest” will be opened against the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, announced the Attorney General near the Court of Cassation, François Molins, in a press release released on Friday January 8. The investigating committee of the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), competent for the acts of ministers in the exercise of their functions, ruled admissible the complaints lodged by the Anticor association and three magistrates’ unions. The latter accuse the Keeper of the Seals of conflicts of interest linked to his former activities as a lawyer.
In September, Eric Dupont-Moretti had seized the General Inspectorate of Justice to conduct an administrative investigation against three magistrates of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office, within the framework of the so-called “fadettes” case. But the minister had himself been targeted by an investigation by the PNF in this case, while he was still a lawyer. He had lodged a complaint against the institution, before withdrawing when he entered the government.
Part of the profession therefore accuses him of being judge and party in this case, and of endangering the independence of justice. “When the time comes, I will speak on whatever I have to say, should this complaint ever succeed. I am not afraid of this complaint.”, Eric Dupond-Moretti had declared in an interview broadcast in “Complément d’études”, Thursday, January 7.