The criminal trial of the former head of mission at the Elysee Palace Alexandre Benalla will take place between September 13 and October 1, for the violence of May 1, 2018 and for fraudulent use of diplomatic passports.
Alexandre Benalla, former collaborator of Emmanuel Macron, will be tried from September 13 to October 1 for violence committed during the demonstration on May 1, 2018 and the fraudulent use of diplomatic passports, the Paris Criminal Court announced on Tuesday.
The revelations of the newspaper The world in July 2018 showing Alexandre Benalla, then in charge of mission at the Elysee Palace, wearing a visor helmet of the police, hitting a protester on the Place de la Contrescarpe, in Paris, had caused a scandal Politics.
One trial for two cases
For a “good administration of justice”, the correctional court ordered the junction of the two cases on May 4, during a procedural hearing. The trial will be held before the 10th Criminal Division on the afternoons of 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 La République en Marche, will be prosecuted for “violence in meetings, public use and without the right of a badge, carrying a prohibited weapon and deleting data”.
Two former senior officers 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, Alexandre Benalla will also be tried 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 “breach of reporting obligations to the HATVP [Haute autorité pour la transparence de la vie publique]»Was closed in February 2020.