The culpability of the Balkany spouses confirmed by the Court of Cassation, which calls for different penalties

The Court of Cassation definitively confirmed Wednesday, June 30 the guilt of Patrick and Isabelle Balkany for laundering of aggravated tax fraud, but the high court ordered in a judgment that a new trial take place, only concerning the quantum of the penalties.

The former mayor The Republicans and the former first deputy of Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine) were sentenced on May 27, 2020 to four and five years of imprisonment, 100,000 euros fine and 10 years ineligibility, for having concealed between 2007 and 2014 some 13 million euros in tax assets, in particular two villas in the Caribbean and in Morocco. The court had also condemned Patrick Balkany for illegal taking of interest, considering that he had benefited “Personal benefits” in kind as part of a large city real estate contract.

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Impossible confiscation

The couple had lodged an appeal against these penalties. On Wednesday, the highest court of the judiciary rejected their appeals regarding their guilt, making it final. It nevertheless considered that the Paris Court of Appeal could not order the confiscation of the Cossy mill, in Giverny (Eure), insofar as the house belongs to the children of the couple, who only has usufruct. .

It also ruled that the court had not sufficiently motivated its decision to condemn the Balkanys and their son to pay one million euros in damages to the State. As a result, it has therefore ordered a third trial, which will deal only with the sentences.

At 72 and 73 years old, the Balkanys were placed in March under an electronic bracelet in order to serve their firm three-year sentences pronounced on March 4, 2020 in the first part of this case, that of tax fraud. The former elected officials have not appealed against these sanctions, which have therefore been final since last year. Two days after this decision, they were removed from their mandates, having already been sentenced to 10 years of ineligibility with provisional execution. After the first instance, Patrick Balkany had spent five months in the Health prison before being released for medical reasons. No immediate imprisonment had been pronounced on appeal, due to the age and state of health of the duo.

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The World with AFP