The Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSM) refused this Friday to investigate possible ethical breaches of the deputy prosecutor of the national financial prosecutor’s office (PNF) Patrice Amar, as requested by Prime Minister Jean Castex.
The CSM estimated, in a deliberation published online, that the Prime Minister “does not denounce him facts justifying disciplinary proceedings” and that it therefore “does not fall within his remit” to investigate this magistrate.
The Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti launched in September an administrative investigation targeting three PNF magistrates, including his ex-chief Eliane Houlette and Patrice Amar, to “verify whether any breaches had been committed” during investigations intended to identify the “Mole” who could have informed Nicolas Sarkozy that he was wiretapped in a corruption case.
“No breach noted” against Amar
The Minister of Justice, lawyer at the time of this case, was then deported in favor of Prime Minister Jean Castex, to whom the investigation of the General Inspectorate of Justice (IGJ) was handed over. At the end of March, after receiving the report from the IGJ, Jean Castex had announced to seize the CSM for “presumptions of disciplinary faults” concerning Eliane Houlette in the so-called “fadettes” affair.
In the case of Patrice Amar, he considered that “various elements” were “likely to give rise to serious doubt as to the respect of his ethical obligations” and had asked the CSM to investigate in order, “if necessary, to draw conclusions. disciplinary consequences ”.
In its press release, the CSM said on Friday that it would look into the case of Eliane Houlette. In the case of Patrice Amar, however, the CSM considered that “the Prime Minister does not denounce him facts justifying disciplinary proceedings”. He also recalls that the IGJ’s mission “had not identified any breach against this magistrate”.
The PNF had been implicated for having peeled the detailed telephone records (“fadettes”) of tenors of the bar – including Eric Dupond-Moretti – to identify who could have informed the former president and his lawyer Thierry Herzog that they were on listen.
In that case, Nicolas Sarkozy and Thierry Herzog were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, one of which was firm, for corruption and influence peddling.
The emotion aroused by this case had prompted the former Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet to request a report from the General Inspectorate of Justice (IGJ).
Eric Dupond-Moretti was angry against “methods of barbouzes” and had filed a complaint for “invasion of privacy”, before withdrawing the evening of his appointment as Minister of Justice in July.
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