Thursday, July 7, 2016

Abuse of weakness – 20 Minutes

The daughter of L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was indicted Thursday for witness tampering in an investigation of a loan to Claire Thibout, former accountant of his mother, are we learned from his lawyers. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers was heard during the afternoon by Judge Roger Le Loire.

He was seized at the origin of a complaint by the artist François-Marie Banier. It disputes the facts in full, subject to three years in prison and 450,000 euro fine in case of trial and sentencing.

“She lent money with interest and this amount will be repaid, so it is not a payment, “said one of his lawyers, Jean Veil, told reporters on his arrival at pole. Jean Veil and Nicolas Huc-Morel, who also defends Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, have indicated they plan to appeal to the investigating chamber.

François-Marie Banier, who was the confidant of Liliane Bettencourt, Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers suspected of having paid witnesses to accuse him of abusing the weakness of the richest woman in France, as ranked by business magazine Challenges published Thursday.

Off in August

François-Marie Banier was initially sentenced to Bordeaux for abuse of weakness to three years in prison, six months suspended, 350,000 euro fine and 158 million euros in damages to Liliane Bettencourt.

He was retried on appeal last May in Bordeaux with three other defendants and the court shall render judgment August 24th.

following the complaint of the artist, five former employees of Liliane Bettencourt have been indicted for perjury.

Among them, the former accountant Claire Thibout, who is accused of having obtained Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers a loan of 300,000 euros end 2012 and a 400,000 euros donation ensures that you receive because of her dismissal.

the notice of the daughter of the heir only concerned his relationship with Claire Thibout, not other employees.

When the loan was granted, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers had already discontinued its prosecution for abuse of weakness for François-Marie Banier after concluding a transaction with him in 2010, said Jean Veil.

According to him, the daughter of Liliane Bettencourt therefore had no interest to “bribe” the testimony of Claire Thibout. “For her, the case was finished at that time. It is absurd to think that she could buy witnesses “, he said.

(nxp / afp)


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