Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation, has been released from police custody without prosecution at this stage, announces the National Finance Prosecutor’s Office
“He left without any police summons or presentation to an investigating judge,” said one of his lawyers.
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An eventful day for Bernard Laporte. After being taken into custody for “aggravated tax evasion money laundering”, on Tuesday 24 January, the president of the French rugby federation was finally released, the national finance prosecutor’s office announced in the evening.
“He left without any police summons, nor presentation to an investigating judge”said Jean-Pierre Versini-Campinchi, one of his lawyers. According to the latter, “It is a case in which he is implicated for having been associated with rugby friends some time ago. He has not been accused of having cheated or of having received any money”.
Investigation opened in August 2020
The investigation was opened in August 2020, franceinfo learned. The investigations were entrusted to the SEJF (financial judicial investigative service), tax investigators based in Bercy who deal with cases of tax evasion and customs offences.
In mid-December, theand president of the FFR was convicted a two-year suspended prison sentence e 75 000 euro well for passive bribery, trading in influence, unlawful taking of interests, concealment of misuse of company assets and misuse of company assets. Bernard Laporte was found guilty of making a series of arbitrations in favor of the Altrad group. he had announced “temporarily withdraw” of his duties President of the French Rugby Federation.
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