Trial of Laporte-Altrad: “Chavanski”, briefcase and ruined life … Behind the scenes and anecdotes from the hearing

So many things happened during this three week trial. We invite you, today, to discover the backstage of a case that is not yet finished speaking, in our little world…

We met a thousand people, in nine days of trial and more than eighty hours of debate. Lawyers as talkative as one-eyed magpies, magistrates as tough as justice, judges in robes and ordinary people, attracted there by the richness of the sessions … unless it is because of the smell of blood. The elected federal officials, too, because it may feel that the exercise is painful for the president (Bernard Laporte) and his right-hand man (Serge Simon), the FFR submits the idea of ​​a large-scale mobilization coats of the chief: in the end, only the lieutenants most loyal to Bernie come daily to the Porte de Clichy: Antoine Martinez, the elected official in charge of relations with insurance agents and players ; Patrick Buisson, vice-president in charge of amateur competitions; Alexandre Martinez, treasurer of the Federation or Henri Mondino, was in charge of territorial reform. Did we forget someone? Yes, go! Christian Dulin! The secretary-general of the Fed will first be heard by the president of the court, as a witness. And when he realized, during the five-day hearing, that Rose-Marie Hunault finally decided to do without his testimony, the former boss of alpine rugby let out a little anger: “If I’m useless, you’ll tell me, huh…”

In the 212th chamber of the Paris Criminal Court, two different worlds, several thousand kilometers apart, suddenly collide, depending on the circumstances we know. At the opening of the trial, President Hunault also apologized “The rugby world is completely misunderstood”. On this topic, however, we quickly realized that within a few weeks, this little thread of a woman, with the future of five of the most influential men in France and international ruby ​​in her hands , however absorbed the whole of this very technical dossier, made up of the Ligue / Fédé war, unclear meetings of the EPCR or the aborted integration of the Ile-de-France with ease dedicated to intelligent people, even putting the accused on the ropes every time they get a date, a place, a fact wrong…

Serge Simon is also in the dock in this case
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Laughter, tears and fountains in a thriller

Help smiled, yes, when the president loaned Mohed Altrad’s club impossible “win 50 in 2”or if a certain Jacky Lorenzaccio. Or when Antoine Vey, the lawyer of the Hérault billionaire, baptized the elected Maurice Buzy-Pucheu, Maurice “Buzy-Puchman”, or when Serge Simon awakened the “honorable decision” of the Racing captain, Henri “Chavanski”. We also cried when the unknown trial, Benoit Rover, the co-manager of the company Score XV accused for the abuse of social welfare, cried in the bar, which aroused “a broken life and a broken future” : guilty or not, Rover is also a father of four children and if the judge supports the request of the prosecutor for him, which is to remove any activity related to rugby, he will lose his work in Gip France 2023 and all the faith in the future…

So there were laughs and tears at the Paris Criminal Court. Above all, there was a fierce fight between men in robes who did not hesitate to draw their swords when the conditions were right. “Your question is stupid!”belched Jean-Pierre Versini Campinchi, one of the lawyers of the head of the FFR, when Yann Gasnier, the council of the Anticor association, asked Laurent Gabbanini, director general of the Fédé, if the testimony that this Ci recently realized under oath no “changed by his friendship with Bernard Laporte”. It was even believed, one night when the hearing ended at 11 p.m., that Antoine Vey, the spiritual son of “Acquitator Dupont-Moretti”, would confront Philippe Pech de Laclave, the lawyer of the League, who threatened to appeal. to the president the next time he accuses him “Sleeping during debates”.

So sometimes we think we are in the middle of a thriller, ladies and gentlemen, during this trial where the specter of corruption flies incessantly. You know the story of Claude Atcher and the Mongolian taxi driver, right? No? This is us. Celine Lasek, the lawyer for said Claude, told us: “The financial prosecutor’s office tried to prove that the FFR bought the World Cup. The police even heard a taxi driver who openly said that during a trip to Mongolia, my client hid his briefcase on his knees three years after the events, the police asked him: “Did you bring Mr. Atcher in 2017? – Maybe… – And did he have his briefcase on his lap? – Maybe… But it’s normal, you know… You don’t have a memory problem, sir?” A bit serious, Madam President! This whole story is just a collection of fantasies”. And then, do you know about the billionaire, the president and the private jet? No? On February 14, 2017, while a decisive meeting of the EPCR (the body that manages the European cups) was held in Geneva, the question of taking over the Gloucester club by Mohed Altrad had to be decided. the “a very political subject”, in the words previously used by Serge Simon. Bernard Laporte himself attended the vote that day, Pascal Pape, the federal elected official who usually sits in the EPCR, retained by other fronts. “Mr. Laporte, so said Master Gasnier, how did you get to Switzerland that day? – In the car, answered the former manager of RCT. I ski in Vars (Hautes Alpes, Editor’s Note) and the trip took me about three and a half hours.- So you didn’t go there by plane? Really?” Hear this a rumor that blew for a while that Laporte, to participate as soon as possible in the EPCR meeting that has an immediate effect on the interest of Mohed Altrad, borrowed the latter’s private jet. The sleeve effect was definitely broken when Fanny Colin, lawyer for the president of the Federation, was launched to the judges: “We included in the investigation file a note of 80 euros in toll charges corresponding to the journey made by Mr. Laporte that day.” A thriller, we tell you… A thriller with an ordinary fall, of course. But still a thriller…

Altrad, a salary of 25,000 francs per month

But the most surprising moment of the test came shortly after, when the president announced that he was continuing the traditional “personality surveys”. Strange? Yes. Because in twenty minutes, the defendants were stripped publicly and in large numbers, so we know that Bernard Laporte receives an annual salary of 50,000 euros, due to his functions in the committee of the 6 Nations and the World Rugby; that Serge Simon has not been an employee of FFR since March and has plans to establish a business in Bordeaux; or that Mohed Altrad, 32nd luck of France, receives a monthly salary of “25,000 francs for thirty years”the date he put on his “first box”. Put away your kleenex, good people: here, it goes without saying that the dividends the MHR boss receives from the many companies he owns are clearly not in the box. “monthly salary” which the judge presented to him and thus, Mohed Altrad was free from necessity for ten generations…

Finally, we will complete this stammer without a priori vocation other than to disturb you, move you or satisfy your curiosity, through the verbal protrusion of Jean-Pierre Versini-Campinchi, tenor of the bar and advice of Laporte, exercise oratory which, we regret, should not have been heard, because it was uttered at the end of a charge which in a great part shook the audience. What did Versini say on Tuesday night? Word for word, he revealed the unknown part of the “Laporte-Altrad” trial, created “a case within a case” to borrow from the lexicon of Charles Pasqua, returned to the beginning of the investigation. “Do you remember, Madam President, Eric Russo? He was the prosecutor at the beginning of the case, the magistrate who mobilized many investigators for two years on the subject at hand. Dulin, who has since tried to put squares on the round, Mr. Russo sold himself, with his suitcases the knowledge and the secrets of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office, to a firm of American lawyers, Quinn Emanuel, a firm whose goal is the protection of serious financial crime. In 2021, the association of Anticor, a civil party in his lawsuit, although he was awarded his “slipper price”, promoting the position for the least particular, even the scoundrel, this magistrate. I am not saying that to put out the fire. I am presenting the facts to you, Madam President. And I will end this sentence as old as Egypt: “Kins a will watch over the guards, Madam This is your court and no one else’s… … “

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