“A procedure outside the law”: the lawyers of Taha Bouhafs criticize La France insoumise

The lawyers of journalist Taha Bouhafs denounce a procedure “outside the law”, carried out by the Committee for monitoring sexual and gender-based violence (CVSS) of La France insoumise

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Taha Bouhafs intends, through the voice of his counsel, to reaffirm his right to know the accusations against him in order to be able to respond to them, in the same way as any accused public citizen. “, write his three lawyers Mes William Bourdon, Raphaël Kempf and Vincent Brengarth, in a press release sent Thursday to AFP.

Candidate for the legislative elections in the Rhône, the journalist withdrew on May 10, invoking the ” racism ” D'” unprecedented attacks “Against him required by the macronie, the right and part of the left. But LFI announced the next day that an internal investigation had been opened against him by the CVSS.

Taha Bouhafs came out of his silence on Tuesday to criticize LFI, in a six-page open letter published on social networks, for not allowing him to defend himself against the accusations and claim ” a fair and equitable procedure “.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s party defended itself by explaining that it could not send him ” the information sent to the cell “, nor organizer of a confrontation, in the name of ” suspects’ desire for anonymity “.

Corn ” in respect of the contradictory, it may be heard by our authorities “, adds the movement, which continues” (his) work of conviction with the suspects so that they take legal action “.

This situation is not tolerable because it seriously disregards the rights of Taha Bouhafs “, refer to his lawyers.

“Disregard for the principle of the contradictory”

Everyone must measure the risk of “political justice” which would be based on “clues” of which only the recipients would know the content, which would be exercised without a perfectly defined procedure, in defiance of the adversarial principle and without access to factual elements. “, they add.

The follow-up against Taha Bouhafs is “outside the law”, which prevented him from being able to answer the accusations against him », estimate Mes Bourdon, Kempf and Brengarth.

The three lawyers question “ more generally the need to review the internal procedures of certain political formations or associative structures, to avoid, in the name of the legitimate fight against sexual violence, that trials are conducted unilaterally in an interpersonal environment that cannot guarantee neutrality and impartiality “.

Autain assumes “a political choice”

On BFMTV, the rebellious deputy Clémentine Autain, directly challenged by Taha Bouhafs, recalled that ” the women who testified did not want this to be in the public square “.

We don’t do justice, we don’t do justice “, she continued, but she points out that “ justice fails to do its job “.

The responsibility we take is to say that our organization, by political choice, does not want to be represented by men who we assume have testimonies stating that they could be violent. It’s a political choice she insisted.

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