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Socialist MP in northern Marseille, Henri Jibrayel was indicted, Friday 19 December, breach of trust and illegal interest. The Marseille magistrate Valery Muller has not requested waiver of parliamentary immunity, no enforcement action being contemplated.
The investigation began in 2011 on the basis of anonymous letters to prosecutor denouncing clientelist practices of the member of the 7 th constituency also councilor of Bouches-du-Rhône. Several associations were described in these letters as “lung diversions” .
Justice suspect the member for having offered four mini-day cruises aboard SNCM ferry some 2,400 seniors in his riding. These fishing trips were held on 16 and 17 May 2011 and on 18 and 19 June 2012, after the second round of legislative elections. According to Marc Dufour, former CEO of SNCM is indeed the member who was on the move, even if the official organizer of these trips was the association Seniors 15 th and 16 th boroughs.
“It was just his local activism, said Mr. Dufour. J ‘ saw this stuff with small old repeatedly. This is an important vote for policies to caress all sides. “ and the former chairman of SNCM, himself elected to emphasize: ” I found it politically astute. “ May 2011 from invoices, totaling EUR 31 650 were settled three months later by two associations of Seon Women and Solidarity House, chaired by the Parliamentary Assistant M . Jibrayel and funded by the General Council of Bouches-du-Rhône, for a total of 37,000 euros in 2011.
“This is the cat pee”
Considered manager makes these structures – which he denies – Mr. Jibrayel also indicted for illegal taking of interest because he served on the standing committee of the General Council at which were passed these grants. The invoice cruises in 2012, in the amount of 36,500 euros, was partially resolved by the Seniors of the 15 th and 16 th , the association with perceived in November 2011, a grant from the General Council of 23 000 euros, sought for “operation” .
“I am accused of doing good to the people older “ retorted Mr. Jibrayel, which presents his indictment as ” quasi-automatic “. “Because of my status as a parliamentarian, the judge had no other way to hear me , he says. But this matter is of cat pee. I am charged with the sole purpose is determined that my role in the granting of a subsidy it is already demonstrated that it has served only to the use of older people. “
According to investigators, the Member would have insisted that the 2011 cruises are carried out in May, not in June, to avoid the legislation on the financing of election campaigns, account of the candidates being “open” a year before the election date. The Parliamentary Assistant and President of Seniors of the 15 th and 16 th boroughs have denied any electoral character: “We had planned to organize a different output, to change meals in rooms with a dancing mood. “ The participants in these trips, they seem to have little doubt about the purpose of this” gift. ” According to the head of an association of elderly, “in the head of my members, this is Henri Jibrayel inviting.”