Rugby / Trial: one year firm required against Mohed Altrado and Bernard Laporte

Rugby / Trial: one year firm required against Mohed Altrado and Bernard Laporte

Mohed Altrad, president of MHR, severely sanctioned by justice. Can he remain president of the Champion de France club? (©Mario Sinistaj)

MHR President Mohed Altrad was not spared this Tuesday by the requisitions of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF). He is particularly at risk of having to leave the club’s presidency here. He appears with Bernard Laporte from September 7 before c Paris Criminal Court. And this Tuesday National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) did not intervene in its demands and asked for a fixed year for each of the two protagonists of the case, the billionaire from Montpellier Mohed Altradchairman of the company MHRand a former minister Bernard Laporte company president French Rugby Federation.

A 200,000 euro fine for a billionaire

More precisely, asked the prosecutor three years in prisontwo of which were suspended for two men, also entitled to fines of €50,000 for Bernard Laporte and €200,000 for Mohed Altrado. Heavy requisitions for crimes of corruption, influence peddling, illegal acquisition of interest, breach of trust and misappropriation of company property worth this trial.

Banned from chairing the MHR?

According to allegations by the PNF, Bernard Laporte, then president of French rugby, would return a series of arbitrations in favor of the Altrad groupafter paying €180,000 in March 2017. At least four arbitrations are at stake: the kit partnership with the French team, the proposed takeover of Gloucester, changes to the league’s decision to postpone matches and alleged pressure on the chairman of the appeals committee. Alleged disputed facts en bloc by the two defendants, during the investigation and during the hearing.

The PNF has also sought a two-year ban on Mohed Altrado from running a trading company (specializing in scaffolding, based in Florensac) and a two-year ban on any rugby-related function, including volunteering. Since the beginning of September, Serge Simon, Claude Atcher and Benoît Rove have also been on trial, against whom the national financial prosecutor’s office also demanded prison terms on Tuesday. After these heavy requisitions, the lawyers of the five defendants take turns, until the sentencing, which will undoubtedly be discussed by the president of the court. Depending on the verdicts, the defendants will be able to appeal.

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