The former Minister of the Interior Claude Guéant was imprisoned this Monday, December 13 in Paris, pursuant to a 2017 conviction which the courts considered that he did not comply with the obligations.
“The person concerned presented himself today to the service for the execution of sentences of the Paris prosecutor’s office and was imprisoned at the Paris-La-Santé penitentiary center,” said the Paris public prosecutor’s office in a press release.
The former right-hand man of Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced on January 23, 2017 on appeal to two years in prison, including a probationary suspension, as well as a 75,000 euros fine, in the case of cash bonuses from the Ministry of ‘Interior.
His sentence had become final two years later, after the rejection of his cassation appeal, under the conditional freedom regime. However, last November, the Paris Court of Appeal revoked part of his suspension (3 months) and his parole (6 months), considering that Claude Guéant was not making the necessary payments to pay his fine and his damages and interests.
It is in execution of these decisions that Claude Guéant was placed in jail for nine months, said his lawyer Philippe Bouchez El-Ghozi. The latter has also announced his intention to seize the judge of application of sentences in order to obtain an adjustment, underlining the “worrying” state of health of his client.
Claude Guéant “can not pay more”
During a hearing on December 3, Claude Guéant assured him to do everything he “could” to “pay off this debt”.
“He pays what he can pay, that is to say 3,000 euros per month, he has no hidden money so he cannot pay more, and despite that, we have decided that we ‘would send to prison,’ lamented his lawyer.
Nevertheless, the representative of the national financial prosecutor’s office (PNF) had denounced “the speech of victimization” of Claude Guéant. The latter considered that the former minister did not “respect court decisions”.
“This type of behavior” is “unworthy of a former director general of the national police, of a former Minister of the Interior, of a former secretary general of the Elysee”, he added, increasing his requisitions against Claude Guéant of one year of imprisonment, of which six months firm, to one of firm prison.