Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers was set Thursday to review witness tampering by the investigating judge responsible for the investigation in Paris on witnesses in the heart of the abuse of the weak case against her mother Liliane Bettencourt. The daughter of the wealthy heiress of Oréal was questioned by the judge Roger Le Loire on a loan of EUR 300 000 plus interest agreed in November 2012 Claire Thibout, ex-accountant of her mother, said his lawyer, Jean Veil, at the exit of the hearing.
He announced his indictment before the financial hub of the high court of Paris and its intention to “make an appeal.” “This case does not hold water. This indictment is in my opinion totally void “, has he said to the output of the hearing, which lasted a little over two hours.
Absent during a previous convocation
Before the judge his client explained that “the loan occurred in 2012, two years after the end of its legal war with François-Marie Banier (confidant of his mother), because since the two sides had traded (in 2010). (…) For Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, the conflict was over and she had absolutely no reason to bribe, to bribe any witness, and obviously not Claire Thibout, “argued the lawyer. “It is refundable, therefore, it is not a payment,” he had said on arrival in pole to 15 hours.
Françoise Bettencourt Meyers had not visited a previous call to the pole on 21 April. “She asked to be heard in October and again asked repeatedly. The judge called a few days before the appeal hearing of Bordeaux in May. There was an obvious problem schedule “, stated to Agence France-Presse his lawyers, Veil and Mr. Nicolas Huc-Morel.
In the investigation after the court against-attack François-Marie Banier, the judge has five former employees examination of Mrs Bettencourt perjury. All had described the influence of artists on their patron through stories that proved decisive in the first trial for abuse of weakness file early 2015 in Bordeaux.
Banier learn his fate end of August
Main in question, François-Marie Banier was sentenced to the heaviest sentence at trial: three years in prison, with six months suspended, fined 350,000 euros and 158 million euros in damages to Liliane Bettencourt. He was retried on appeal in May to Bordeaux with three other defendants. The court will deliver its judgment on 24 August.
In the survey in Paris, François-Marie Banier, on the contrary, the complainant. He accused the daughter of the heir to L’Oreal have lobbied, with sometimes finances, for some employees produce false evidence against him. Among them, Claire Thibout, the central figure in the case, is suspected of having received money from Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers: a loan of EUR 300 000 in late 2012 and a grant of EUR 400 000 in late 2008.
about the latter, Claire Thibout was defended by explaining that it was compensation for his dismissal. On the loan, lawyers Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers say it was made to Claire Thibout to address “liquidity problems” as a result of the case Bettencourt.
The Judge compared the dozens of hours of interviews with the former accountant and pointed to contradictions dates or circumstances, including the underwriting conditions of life insurance contracts in favor of François-Marie Banier. As revealed i & gt; TV, a showdown is scheduled for Friday between the former accountant and his accuser, told Agence France-Presse the entourage of François-Marie Banier