At the beginning of December, the home of a magistrate from the Agen Court of Appeal, previously stationed in Ajaccio, was searched as part of an investigation for “influence peddling”.
Returned from Marseille to Corsica, the investigation was then disoriented in Nice and is now being carried out for “influence peddling” and “laundering”.
The investigation focuses on the suspected links of this magistrate, stationed in Corsica between 2010 and 2016, with Johann Carta suspected of belonging to island banditry.
On December 8, the home of a magistrate from the Agen Court of Appeal, previously stationed in Ajaccio, was searched as part of an investigation for "influence peddling" relating to her links with a suspect who would be a member of Corsican banditry, learned AFP from judicial sources and close to the file.
The search was carried out by police officers from the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Financial and Tax Offenses (OCLCIFF), the sources said.
As provided for in the Code of Criminal Procedure, this search took place in the presence of the head of the magistrate's court, the first president of the Agen Court of Appeal.
Contacted by AFP, the Agen Court of Appeal declined to comment by referring to "the Nice prosecutor's office, in charge of the investigation".
In turn contacted by AFP, the Nice prosecutor's office indicated that it would "not make any communication on this subject".
“Influence peddling” and “money laundering”
This investigation targeting this magistrate is an incident of a judicial investigation of the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction (JIRS) of Marseille on the Corsican criminal gang of Petit Bar, said judicial sources.
Returned from Marseille to Corsica, the investigation was then moved to Nice and is now being carried out for "influence peddling" and "money laundering", said judicial sources and others close to the case.
From the same sources, the magistrate has not yet been heard, neither in the context of a free hearing, nor in that of police custody.
The investigation concerns the suspected links of this magistrate, stationed in Corsica between 2010 and 2016, with Johann Carta, suspected of belonging to island banditry, around in particular the rental of a villa belonging to the judge on the shore. south of the Gulf of Ajaccio, added these sources.
Johann Carta, current president of Gazelec Ajaccio (GFCA), National 3 football club, was indicted at the end of November for "extortion", "fraud", "organized money laundering" and "criminal association" by a judge. of instruction of the JIRS of Marseille within the framework of a financial investigation on his club.
Johann Carta is also at the heart of a preliminary investigation opened in September 2022 by the Ajaccio prosecutor's office for "pressure or threats towards the members of a court", after the discovery, in his phone, of photos of the list of jurors. of an assize trial for assassination, in March 2021 in Ajaccio.
This trial ended in a general acquittal.
Despite several attempts, the magistrate did not respond to AFP's requests.
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