Case Karachi : François Léotard again referred to bear false witness


This investigation followed a complaint lodged by relatives of French victims of the terrorist attack in Karachi, where fifteen people died on 8 may 2002.
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The Paris court of appeal has cancelled on Tuesday the non-place made in July 2016, of which the former Defence minister had received, told Agence France-Presse from the lawyer of the civil parties. François Léotard is therefore once again under investigation for false testimony in the case of Karachi. “François Léotard has made a false testimony during his hearing” in January 2011 by the judge anti-terrorism Marc Trévidic in the framework of the pane, said financial, of the terrorist attack in Karachi, ” even though it was heard as a witness having sworn an oath “, and accuse the complainants represented by mr. Olivier Morice.

Opened in 2013, this investigation followed a complaint lodged by relatives of French victims of the terrorist attack in Karachi, where fifteen people died on 8 may 2002, in which eleven workers of the Directorate of the construction navales (DCN). “This is a significant victory against the opinion of the prosecutor-general’s office,” said the lawyer of the relatives of the victims, ” who wish that François Léotard is returned to the criminal court for false testimony “. In making its non-place in 2016, the judge had felt that one could not accuse François Léotard have lied since the financial aspect had not resulted in prosecutions against him. In this pane, the judges wonder about a possible illicit financing of the presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur in 1995, through rétrocommissions on the contracts of armaments.

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But since then, François Léotard, minister of Defense of the government of Balladur from 1993 to 1995, was indicted in early July by the Court of justice of the Republic, is the only one entitled to judge crimes committed by members of the government in the exercise of their functions. It is now continued, as Edouard Balladur, for ” complicity in misuse of corporate assets “.

Justice works on the assumption that the attack would have been committed in retaliation for the arrest by France of the payment of commissions related to contracts for the sale of weapons from France to saudi Arabia (Sawari II) and Pakistan (Agosta), signed under the government of Balladur. It is in digging this track as the magistrates have acquired the conviction that the accounts of campaign of Edouard Balladur, for the 1995 presidential election had been in part matched by rétrocommissions illegal.

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