The public prosecutor’s office was required to open this judicial information after the favorable opinion issued on Friday by the requests commission of the CJR, composed of senior judges and which acts as a filter.
The latter ruled admissible the complaints lodged by the Anticor association and three magistrates ‘unions (SM, USM, SNM FO magistrates’ unit) who accuse the minister of conflicts of interest.
The investigative committee of the CJR is now responsible for carrying out the investigations. It is made up of three magistrates from the Court of Cassation and is the only body empowered to investigate members of the government for actions carried out in the exercise of their function.
At the heart of the accusations against the minister, the administrative proceedings he ordered against two magistrates from the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) who had participated in a preliminary investigation aimed at identifying the mole who allegedly informed Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog that they were bugged.
During these investigations, detailed telephone bills of several lawyers, including that of the future minister, had been examined.
One of these complaints also accuses the Minister of having opened another administrative investigation against Judge Edouard Levrault who had denounced, after the end of his functions as an investigating judge in Monaco, having been pressured.
Before becoming minister, Eric Dupond-Moretti had been the lawyer for one of the police officers indicted by this magistrate and had criticized the judge’s methods.
Asked on January 7 about the complaints of the magistrates’ unions, the Minister of Justice had indicated: “I do not know what fate will be reserved for him, but know that when the time comes, I will explain myself, you can count on me to say all I have to say “.
Asked by . on Friday, the minister’s entourage did not wish to make more comments.
The government had “taken note” Monday of the announced opening of the judicial investigation.