The Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti defended, Sunday, November 22 on BFMTV, its controversial order which offers the possibility of having an accused appear by videoconference at the end of an assize trial, considering that there is no other “solution” so that justice “turned” in the midst of a pandemic.
The text signed Wednesday by the former criminal lawyer exceptionally authorizes, during the Covid-19 health crisis, that the final part of a criminal trial – pleadings and requisitions – can take place in the physical absence of the accused.
This possibility, left to the discretion of the presidents of the assize courts, could allow the trial of the January 2015 attacks to resume on Monday after a three-week hiatus, even if the lawyers for the accused see it as a “unfair violation” rights of defense. “Some (of these lawyers), I called them, I said to them ‘but you are very nice, but what is the solution? What is the measure that the minister could have taken? ‘”, rebelled Eric Dupond-Moretti on BFMTV.
“We wait for justice to work, we have to know what we want. The same lawyers who said that it is not possible for (justice) to stop today are suing me”, continued the Minister of Justice.
In a Tribune published Saturday in The world, 19 defense lawyers in the 2015 bombings trial believe that “this ordinance, cut to the millimeter to unblock the river trial in which we are involved, is an iniquitous and flagrant violation of the fundamental rights of litigants and the rights of the defense”.
In separate stand, 47 of their colleagues defending the civil parties have also denounced a “worrying attack on the functioning of justice, which nobody can be satisfied”.