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Sentenced to 3 months in prison, Mélenchon denounces a political verdict


The Bobigny court on Monday (December 9th) sentenced the insubordinate leader of France Jean-Luc Mélenchon to three months' suspended imprisonment and a fine of 8,000 euros for rebellion and provocation.

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Jean-Luc Mélénchon after being sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by the court of Bobigny, December 9, 2019 STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

The Bobigny court on Monday (December 9th) sentenced Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the insubordinate leader of France, to three months' suspended imprisonment and a fine of 8,000 euros for rebellion and provocation.

The sentence pronounced on Monday follows the tumultuous searches of last year at the headquarters of La France Insoumise, in the context of two preliminary investigations of the Paris prosecutor's office on the accounts of the 2017 presidential campaign and on the conditions of employment of assistants to the party's MEPs. Several members of LFI then interposed and Jean-Luc Mélenchon had jostled a representative of the prosecutor's office and a police officer and the entire film scene was live.

At the trial in September, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had denied that he wanted to use physical violence and that he simply wanted to attend the search. Since then he continues to denounce " a political trial ".

"Justice, exploited by political power"

Since the pronouncement of the deliberations, Jean-Luc Mélenchon continues to denounce a " political judgment " against microphones and cameras. " It's all about anything, the country is next to his shoes. Justice, the police have been instrumentalized by the political power, everyone is ridiculous, "said the leader of La France Insoumise.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon considers that following the requisitions of the prosecution and sentencing him to three months of suspended imprisonment, the French justice would have yielded to the pressure of political power to try to silence him on the eve of a new day mobilization against pension reform. " Today, we are on the eve of a great movement, an extraordinary mobilization and I'm wasting my time with this nonsense ."

At the exit of the court and at a press conference, Jean-Luc Mélenchon also announced that he would not appeal the judgment: " That would mean that it is believed that there is justice for me, he there is none. Whatever I do, I am condemned in advance . "

If I am convicted it is not because I stole money or because I did anything wrong with morality. It's only because I spoke loudly about my step back home. #ConfPresseFi

Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) December 9, 2019

Source: rfi

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