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Alexandre Benalla tried in September for the violence of May 1st and the passport affair

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Alexandre Benalla, the former collaborator of Emmanuel Macron, will be tried from September 13 to October 1 both for the violence in the Place de la Contrescarpe on May 1, 2018 and for his fraudulent use of diplomatic passports.

Alexandre Benalla, former collaborator of Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, will be tried from September 13 to October 1 for violence committed during the demonstration of May 1, 2018 and for the fraudulent use of diplomatic passports, announced on Tuesday 4 May, the Paris Criminal Court.

The revelations of the newspaper Le Monde in July 2018 showing Alexandre Benalla, then in charge of mission at the Elysee, wearing a visor helmet of the police hitting a protester on May 1 on the Place de la Contrescarpe in Paris, had caused a political scandal.

For “good administration of justice”, the criminal court ordered Tuesday the junction of the two cases, during a procedural hearing.

The trial will be held before the 10th Criminal Division on the afternoons from September 13 to 16 inclusive, from September 22 to 24 inclusive, then from September 27 to October 1 inclusive.

Alexandre Benalla, 29 years old and reconverted in the private sector, will appear in the first part for “violence in assembly, interference without title in the exercise of a public function, carrying of weapon, public use and without right of a badge, breach of professional secrecy and disclosure of video surveillance images “.

At his side, Vincent Crase, former employee of the Republic on the move (LREM), will be prosecuted for “violence in meetings, public use and without the right of a badge, prohibited weaponry and deletion of data”.

Two former high-ranking officials of the Paris Police Prefecture, suspected of having handed over to Alexandre Benalla the CCTV images of the Place de la Contrescarpe, will be tried for “disclosure of CCTV images and violation of professional secrecy”.

Alexandre Benalla is accused of having molested demonstrators on the sidelines of the May Day parade, a couple in the Place de la Contrescarpe and two people in the Jardin des Plantes.

Regarding the second part, he will also be judged for “forgery, use of forgery in writing and public use without the right of a badge”. He is accused of having continued to use diplomatic passports for several months after his dismissal from the Elysee Palace on July 20, 2018.

In addition to these two cases, three other legal proceedings concerning the former collaborator of the president are still ongoing.

A procedure for “failure to report obligations to the HATVP (High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life)” was dismissed in February 2020.

With AFP

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