Judge sanctioned for tweets about “Khmer Greens” and the “plague” of yellow vests

Magistrate Charles Prats castigated the “Green Khmers” and likened the “yellow vests” to “the black plague” on Twitter. The vice-president of the Paris judicial court received a disciplinary sanction after a series of tweets, we learned on Tuesday from a judicial source. Believing that this judge of freedoms and detention (JLD) had “missed [à ses] duties” and “damaged the image of justice”, the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSM) ordered an automatic transfer against him, said this source, confirming information from France Inter.

In its decision, the CSM, seized by the Keeper of the Seals after an administrative investigation, concluded that “breaches of his duty of impartiality had an impact on the image of justice and particularly of the jurisdiction in which he exercises “. The disciplinary body of magistrates was particularly moved by several tweets posted by this magistrate, a former member of the National Delegation for the Fight against Fraud (DNLF) and who presents himself as vice-president of the union marked on the right UNI.

“Climate totalitarianism”

In March 2019, he called for people to stop “talking about yellow vests” and added: “dare to name the black plague that rages in our streets every Saturday: far left, antifas, blackblocks. And our services know them, it is high time to stop them, police and judicially”. On October 27, 2020, he castigates this time “climate totalitarianism [qui] will chase you to death,” in a tweet that was accompanied by the hashtag “Khmer Greens” and a vomiting character emoji.

According to the CSM, these messages “characterize, by the terms used without the slightest nuance, a breach of its obligations of reserve, prudence and delicacy”. His positions on the “yellow vests” also “could raise doubts about his neutrality”, even though Charles Prats was called upon to rule, in his capacity as JLD, on procedures related to this movement, notes the CSM, which notes “a breach of its duty of impartiality”. The CSM also criticized Charles Prats for the “frequent nature of his delays” and the “difficulties” in reaching him, “a source of stress for clerks and civil servants”.

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