PARIS (Reuters) – The daughter of L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was set Thursday to review witness tampering in an investigation of a loan to Claire Thibout, former accountant of his mother a- it was learned from his lawyers.
Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers was heard during the afternoon by judge Roger Le Loire, originally entered a complaint of François -Marie Banier.
It disputes the facts in full, subject to three years in prison and 45,000 euros fine in case of trial and sentencing.
“She lent money with interest and it will be repaid, so it is not a payment, “said one of his lawyers, Jean Veil, told reporters on his arrival at financial center.
Jean Veil and Nicolas Huc-Morel, who also defends Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, have told Reuters they planned 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 .
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 Liliane Bettencourt.
He was retried in May on appeal to Bordeaux with three other defendants and the court shall render judgment on 24 August.
following the complaint 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 donated 400,000 euros it claims to have received because of his 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 proceedings for abuse of weakness for François-Marie Banier after concluding a transaction with him in 2010, Jean Veil said.
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 have bought witnesses,” said he said.
(Gerard Bon Simon Carraud edited by Yves Clarisse)