The town hall of 7e arrondist of Paris, headed by Rachida Dati, and two law firms were raided on Tuesday June 27 by the judicial police, in connection with an investigation into the boss of Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG), Ner Al-Khelaïfi, a learned Agence France-Presse (AFP) from sources familiar with the matter.
Asked by AFP, Rachida Dati could not be reached. Two other searches were also carried out at the offices of lawyers Francis Szpiner and Olivier Pardo.
These operations, carried out by police officers from the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime (OCLCO), took place within the framework of a judicial investigation opened at the end of January. This relates to the accusations of kidnapping, sequestration and torture of a Franco-Algerian lobbyist, which notably target the boss of PSG, Ner Al-Khelaïfi, and in connection with the possession of sensitive documents, announced a source close of the file to AFP.
Dati indicted in the Carlos Ghosn case
This 42-year-old lobbyist, Tayeb Benabderrahmane, had filed a complaint in 2022 with a civil action – a procedure which makes it possible to obtain judicial information almost systematically – for torture, kidnapping and forcible confinement.
In this complaint, their client denounces his arrest in January 2020 in Qatar, where he had settled three months earlier to lobby. He claims to have been incarcerated there for six months and tortured.
Rachida Dati is, moreover, in the sights of justice on another file: she is indictment since July 2021 For “pive bribery” And “concealment of abuse of power” in the survey on his consulting services to the former CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance Carlos Ghosn. Accusations she disputes.
Rachida Dati is suspected of having perceived, “in complete confidentiality, even in complete opacity”, 900,000 euros between 2010 and 2012 for consulting services recorded in a fee agreement signed on October 28, 2009 with RNBV, a Dutch subsidiary of the automotive group. In addition to his duties as a lawyer, Mr. Szpiner is mayor of the 16e arrondist.
The World with AFP