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Two former police officers and a Franco-Algerian lobbyist will be presented during the day to a Parisian investigating judge after the opening on Thursday of a judicial investigation into possible influence peddling, suspected of having benefited in particular from PSG, a indicated the Paris prosecutor’s office.

In detail, this judicial investigation is open for “aid to illegal entry or stay, forgery and use of forgery, corruption, influence peddling, misappropriation of the purpose of processing personal data, complicity and concealment, violation of professional secrecy, complicity and concealment, fraudulent access to data processing, complicity and concealment, theft, compromise of the secret of National Defense”, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.

The trio are suspected of passing on sensitive and confidential information

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The trio, suspected of having played on their relationships to transmit to institutions, including the football club, sensitive and confidential information, had been placed in police custody on Monday as part of the preliminary investigation opened in July 2021.

The two police officers interviewed would have consulted police files “to obtain private information such as names, addresses and telephone numbers” or criminal records which they would then have “moneyed”, according to the Parisian.

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This investigation would have been opened on the basis of information discovered during another investigation, that targeting the journalist Alex Jordanov, author of a book revealing certain methods of recruitment and management of sources within the General Directorate of internal security (DGSI). He has been indicted since June for disclosing defense secrets.

Lobbyist, Tayeb B., is cited as the central figure in a case linked to Qatar

Another protagonist of this case, Malik N., a former police officer working in the intelligence services (at the DCRI, now DGSI) then hired in 2018 as referent-supporters at Paris Saint-Germain, is indicted for offenses of breach of national defense secrets. Malik N. is one of three people presented to a judge on Thursday. His lawyers did not immediately comment.

The lobbyist, Tayeb B., is quoted Thursday in Release as the central figure in a case linked to Qatar.

According to the daily, this man would have held compromising information for the emirate and for Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of PSG, and would have been detained for months in Qatar in 2020 in inhuman conditions, before accepting a transaction aimed at trade his release for his silence.

Tayeb B. has since filed two complaints in Paris in August, seeking referral to an investigating judge, said a source familiar with the matter, confirming information from Release. The lobbyist’s lawyer declined to comment immediately.

Source: Europe1

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