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Search at Paris 2024 Olympic headquarters as part of investigation into corruption scandal

The headquarters of organizers of next year’s Olympics has been raided again as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected corruption.

The Paris 2024 organizing committee confirmed on Thursday that its offices in Saint-Denis had been raided by the French financial prosecutor’s office, after also being raided in June.

“Paris 2024 confirms that the PNF (National Financial Prosecutor’s Office) visited its headquarters on Wednesday October 18 and obtained all the information requested,” the organization indicates in a press release.

“Paris 2024 is fully cooperating with the investigation, as it always has. »

According to a judicial source, these searches were part of an investigation opened into suspicions of “illegal taking of interest, favoritism and concealment” in the award of several contracts.

Jean-François Bohnert, the general prosecutor of finance, also declared last month to RTL: “This is favoritism, illegal taking of interest. It’s about the way certain contracts were distributed, the arrangements.

“But I do not see any element, at least not at this stage, which would allow us to direct the investigation towards the most serious cases of corruption or influence peddling.”

Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, previously defended colleagues whose homes had also been raided, insisting the potential scandal bore no comparison to those that have ravaged various Olympics in the past.

These searches come at a time when French sport is affected by major administrative upheavals and controversies.

The French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA) had previously highlighted “risks affecting probity” and “potential conflicts of interest” linked to the Olympics which, according to it, could harm the “whiter than whiter” of the Games.

Brigitte Henriques resigned as president of the French National Olympic Committee in May, prompting the International Olympic Committee to issue a statement calling on “everyone to take responsibility so that the internal disputes that have affected the CNOSF (French National Olympic and Sports Committee) ) these last few months cease.”

telegraph

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