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The Balkany trial opens with a violent procedural battle

Levallois-Perret's mayor solicitors and his wife, for tax evasion, corruption and money laundering, tried to insist, without success, the dismissal of the trial, and the challenge of the court president.

By Henri Seckel After posting today at 2:55, I've updated it at 06:27

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The mayor of Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine), Patrick Balkany, leaves court Paris, May 13.
Mayor of Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine), Patrick Balkany, leaves Paris court, May 13. STRINGER / AFP

The controversial financial arrangements are the 32e The Paris Criminal Court Chamber will focus on resolution until 20 June into a beautiful complexity. Defense lawyers added a few procedural issues on Monday (May 13th) when opening the trial for tax fraud, corruption and money laundering by Patrick and Isabelle Balkany, whose first day set the tone: fierce.

Before looking at the value of goods of about 13 million euros the couple – who are going to prison for ten years – are supposed to have hidden from the tax office between 2007 and 2014, he was a member of the court. The tribunal president, Benjamin Blanchet, must fight on the form. Traditional moment of checkered start, but particularly striking in this case. From his front, Me Eric Dupond-Moretti, Mayor of Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine), and M.e His wife's solicitor Pierre-Olivier Sur refused all the catalog of legal resources likely to delay the arguments.

Hospital on 1st May after drugs were motivated, Isabelle Balkany was absent. Me Sur has described a woman who is unable to walk on her own, traumatized by media coverage of the cause and hatred – especially anti-Semitic – to install on social networks in the run-up to the hearing, which he wanted to defer. "If the case was not dismissed, I would accept that I was getting my opinion in my absence"however he wrote in a letter read by her solicitor.

The lack of time to prepare the defense, the timetable was also noted "Surreal" from the hearing, dissatisfaction criticizing a member of the couple without the other, or emotion Patrick Balkany: "He found his wife, she thought she had died.", says Me Dupond-Moretti. You think it's good before you appear six weeks? But it's not a dog! Would you be able to judge, and I will plead, in these circumstances? You have to put it in the hole, right? "

In addition, the solicitor also asked for the case to be expelled before a provincial court, on the basis that one of the civil parties (the Anticor society) counted in his opinion as the court magistrate of Paris: t "In Brive or Bastia, we will not have this difficulty."

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