One minister acquitted, another could be convicted. A few minutes after the decision of the Court of Justice of the Republic to acquit Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti, a ten-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 15,000 euros was requested. against Olivier Dussopt. The Minister of Labor has been on trial since Monday for suspicion of favoritism in a public market in 2009, when he was mayor of Annonay (Ardèche).
The PNF also requested an eight-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 15,000 euros against Olivier Brousse, former general director of Saur, prosecuted for complicity in favoritism.
No eligibility penalty required against the minister
Against this drinking water supply and wastewater treatment company, prosecuted for concealment of favoritism, the PNF demanded a fine of one million euros and a suspended exclusion from public contracts, for a period of three years.
Criticizing serious “failures” in the “duty to set an example” by elected officials in the hope of “political gain”, and facts which contribute to “degrading confidence in institutions, weakening the republican pact”, the prosecution n On the other hand, he did not require a penalty of ineligibility against Olivier Dussopt, “in view of the age of the facts”.
The three defendants have been appearing since Monday before the Paris criminal court, prosecuted for a “break in equality between the candidates” during the award of the drinking water operation contract for the town of Annonay, in December 2009. .