The trial of the Laporte-Altrad affair begins in an already electric atmosphere

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The trial of the Laporte-Altrad affair begins in an already electric atmosphere

The trial of the so-called Laporte-Altrad case opened on Wednesday, on the second floor of the Paris Criminal Court in an atmosphere that was quick to become electric. First the uses of procedures: the passage to the bar of each defendant to confirm his identity. President Hunault, cordial, almost warm, began to read the alleged facts in front of Messrs. Rover, Laporte, Atcher, Simon and Altrad, all standing, side by side, facing her.

The requests of the defense lawyers were then able to begin. The first requests for dismissal and disjunction by the lawyers of Claude Atcher and Benoît Rover, Me Lasek and Me Grazzini, were rejected by the magistrate after a short deliberation. Same outcome for the request for nullity of the two councils who pleaded on the impossibility of defending themselves both because of the lapse of time at their disposal before the trial and on the merits of the citations deemed imprecise.

The specificity of the procedure, that is to say a long opening of exchanges allowing the adversarial argument to the defense lawyers but without going through an examining magistrate, was also at the heart of the preliminary discussions for Me Vey, representing Mr Altrad, and Me Collin for Bernard Laporte.

Mohed Altrad’s counsel then took up an ultra-technical procedural subject around fadettes and access to the file, supported by Me Colin. A point which, after debate with the prosecutors, led to a suspension of the session for more than an hour. Back in her seat, President Hunault postponed the proceedings to the second day of the hearing, this Thursday (1:30 p.m.) to take the time to clarify the matter.

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