The Court of Justice of the Republic acquitted Éric Dupond-Moretti on Wednesday, at the end of his trial for illegal taking of interests. “I have not had a single phone call from anyone asking me to go in this or that direction,” says Philippe Gosselin, one of the judges at the CJR.
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“Each and every one of us took our duties to heart with honesty and dignity”assures Thursday, November 30 on franceinfo and France Inter the LR deputy for Manche Philippe Gosselin, one of the titular judges at the Court of Justice of the Republic, the day after the acquittal of the Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti, prosecuted for illegal taking of interests.
The judges of the CJR did not follow the submissions of the prosecution, which had requested a one-year suspended prison sentence and declared the Minister of Justice not guilty. After this decision, several voices were raised, particularly on the left, to denounce the institution. La France insoumise and the Socialist Party have notably called for the abolition of the justice body. Criticisms that Philippe Gosselin brushes aside. The Les Républicains deputy claims to have been impartial: “I have not had a single phone call from anyone asking me to go in this or that direction, I swore to fulfill these functions with dignity, and this is also the meaning that I give to the Republic”he says.
Philippe Gosselin nevertheless recognizes that the CJR “is far from perfect” and deserves to be reformed: “If the tools are not good, if they need to be modernized, then ok we change them”, he admits. The MP considers that “it’s a real debate” to bring. In the meantime, that said, “since it exists today, the least we can do is use the tools we have”.