Alexandre Benalla will spend the first night in prison: a judge decided on Tuesday to place in custody the former collaborator Emmanuel Macron for not having respected his judicial control, in the investigation of the violence of May 1, 2018 in Paris which is worth it to be indicted. And while the much anticipated Senate investigation report is to be made public Wednesday. His friend Vincent Crase, a former employee of the Republic in motion and also indicted in this case, was also placed in custody, revealed his lawyer Tuesday evening, Christian Saint-Palais.
The former collaborator of Emmanuel Macron was summoned Tuesday morning by the investigating judges in charge of this case, in which he is indicted, especially for "Voluntary violence". January 31, Mediapart had published clandestine recordings of a conversation in late July between Alexandre Benalla and his friend Vincent Crase, also indicted in this case, while they were forbidden to contact.
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In these sound sequences dated July 26 and authenticated by the information site, Alexandre Benalla exchange in a jingling tone with his sidekick Vincent Crase, a reserve policeman long employed in the security of En Marche and the military command of the Elysee.
The two men were received at the Parisian home of Marie-Elodie Poitout and Chokri Wakrim, a few steps from the Trocadero, in the sixteenth arrondissement. A meeting that the former head of security Matignon recognized with his hierarchy. She subsequently resigned.
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Crase soon fixed
According to the prosecutors' requisitions, the investigating magistrates chose to appeal to the judge for liberty and detention (JLD) who ordered the detention in custody of Alexander Benalla, said a judicial source. The case of Vincent Crase should be studied in the wake Tuesday night.
"There is no justification for this revocation", reacted, at the end of the hearing before the JLD, the lawyer of Alexander Benalla, Me Jacqueline Laffont, announcing that she had appealed this decision. A free trial, a procedure to try to obtain a release more quickly than by appeal, was also filed.
The defense of Alexandre Benalla challenges the legality of the recordings published by Mediapart, estimating their origin dubious because it does not come from judicial tapping or administrative tapping. His lawyers filed a complaint on February 14 for "unlawful possession of devices or technical devices likely to allow interception", "invasion of privacy", "interference with the representation of the person And "fake," according to a source close to the record. Vincent Crase also filed a complaint through his lawyer.
Wednesday, the Senate commission of inquiry, which was formed after the violence of May 1, must make public its findings on the dysfunctions in government services that may have enamelled the case.