Éric Dupond-Moretti was interrogated for six hours before the Court of Justice of the Republic
The French Minister of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti, was indicted yesterday for an alleged “conflict of interest” between his current position and his previous activities as a star lawyer. An unprecedented situation in France for a practicing Minister of Justice.
The minister was interrogated for six hours before the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), the only one competent to try members of the French government for acts committed in the exercise of their functions. Now the judicial investigation continues and it will be seen if the case finally goes to trial or not.
Before being questioned, the minister was “serene” and “especially determined.” “The Minister of Justice is not above the law, but not below the law,” declared Dupond-Moretti, appointed a year ago by the president to the post after a brilliant and media career as a lawyer.
“It was the chronicle of an accusation announced because it had been in the press for several days,” lamented his lawyer Olivier Cousi, who recalled that his client, like any citizen, has the right to “the presumption of innocence.”
The two main unions of judges filed a complaint against the minister in December 2020. They accuse him of using his position to settle accounts with magistrates with whom he had clashes in the past when he was a famous criminal lawyer.
Dupond-Moretti, in office since July 2020, denies it and in turn accuses the unions of judges of “political maneuvering” to try to change the head of the Justice portfolio.
The minister, who has no intention of resigning according to his lawyers, has the backing of President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex. In 2017, when Macron was a presidential candidate, he was in favor of the fact that if a minister was imputed, he should resign. Now the president supports the Guardian of the Seals, the name by which the Minister of Justice is also known in France.