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Bruno Martini, the president of the NHL, sentenced to one year in prison suspended

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Europe 1 with AFP
3:45 p.m., January 25, 2023modified to

4:12 p.m., January 25, 2023

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Bruno Martini, president of the National Handball League, was given a one-year suspended prison sentence for corruption as a minor. which he recognized. This sanction also includes a fine of 2,500 euros and a 5-year ban on carrying out an activity involving contact with minors.

A judge at the Paris court on Wednesday validated the sentencing of Bruno Martini, the former goalkeeper of the French handball team, to a one-year suspended prison sentence for acts of corruption of minors. he recognized, indicated his lawyer, Me Elie Dottelonde.

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During an appearance hearing on preliminary admission of guilt (CRPC), the current president of the National Handball League (NHL) also admitted to the facts of recording child pornography images, according to the lawyer. This sanction also includes a fine of 2,500 euros and a 5-year ban on carrying out an activity involving contact with minors, according to the council.

“He couldn’t have known that the minor was under 15”

“We are trying to pass him off as a monster, but the prosecutor, by proposing a CRPC, has shown that he considers that Bruno Martini does not represent a danger” nor that he would be “crank”, underlined Me Dottelonde, remarking that no obligation of care had been pronounced. Bruno Martini was also suspected of attempted sexual abuse but these facts were not held against him, insisted Me Dottelonde.

In view of the photos of the minor with whom he was in contact on Snapchat, “he could not have known that the minor was under fifteen,” said the lawyer. The League (NHL) indicated in a press release “that a possible conviction would lead by right to an impossibility of exercising the function” of president. Targeted by an investigation since June 2020 after the complaint of a 13-year-old teenager, Bruno Martini, 52, was arrested on Monday in Paris and placed in police custody, before being referred for a CRPC on Wednesday.

Source: Europe1

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