July 7, 2022

Covid: nearly 20,000 complaints, targeting Castex and ministers, dismissed

PANDEMIC – The Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) dismissed the 19,685 “standard” complaints filed against several members of the government, denouncing in particular the health pass and the promotion of vaccination against Covid-19, announced, this Monday, January 24, the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation.

Written in identical terms from a paid form posted online by lawyer Fabrice Di Vizio, figure of the anti-vax movement and fierce critic of the government’s management of the health crisis, the complaints were filed between July 28 and on December 31, 2021 with the CJR’s Requests Commission. It is the only jurisdiction empowered to prosecute and try ministers for offenses committed in the exercise of their functions.

They targeted Prime Minister Jean Castex, Minister of Health Olivier Véran, Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer and Minister Delegate for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.

“Positive acts”

In his press release, Attorney General François Molins, who acts as the public prosecutor at the CJR, explains that these complaints were examined by the Requests Commission in November, December and January, and that they were all dismissed. .

Some accused Jean Castex and Olivier Véran of “abstention from fighting a claim”. However, the commission considered that the health pass and the vaccination obligation constituted “positive acts and not abstentions”.

Others also targeted the Prime Minister and Jean-Michel Blanquer for “extortion”, arguing that “due to the regulations relating to the health pass”, they exercised “moral constraint” to “force the French to be vaccinated”.

Véran accused of “false advertising”

But according to the commission, “the health pass is not compulsory and while there are alternatives to lead a normal daily life, no moral constraint (…) can be retained”.

Olivier Véran was also accused of “false advertising” for having promoted the vaccine in several advertising videos “while the extension of the marketing authorization to the group of people under 18 conditional is the subject of ‘appeal before the Court of Justice of the European Union’.

For the CJR, “in this case, it is about institutional communication in times of health crisis and not advertising for commercial purposes”.

Agnes Buzyn indicted

Finally, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari was criticized for not having taken “any measure to protect French citizens from the risk of contamination” in public transport. For the commission, nothing establishes the absence of measure.

Since July 2020, the CJR has been carrying out an investigation into the government’s management of the Covid-19 epidemic, targeting the former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, the former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn and Olivier Véran, who succeeded him. In September, the former Minister of Health was indicted for “endangering the lives of others” and placed under the more favorable status of assisted witness for “voluntary abstention from fighting a disaster”.

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