Lawyer-star, Marseille thugs and encrypted phones: unprecedented dive into serious crime

Posted December 16, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.- Updated December 16, 2020 at 3:55 p.m.

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Jean-Louis Keita, a member of the Aix-en-Provence bar, is suspected of having transmitted confidential information to a high-ranking criminal on several investigations concerning traffickers in Marseille.A case of which "Le Monde" reveals many elements .

It only took a few moments to perceive in the eyes of his lawyers, full of concern and sadness, that the outcome of the request for release that they were preparing to defend, this February 19, 2020, did not It was enough for them to request a closed session in the investigative chamber of the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal to guess their desire to protect their client from the few journalists present., finally, to listen to them plead that this one could appear in front of the bar rather than in the box to guess that it was not a question of a prisoner like the others.

The investigation chamber granted all their requests, except the most important: Me Jean-Louis Keita, 69 years old, a member of the Aix-en-Provence bar, was not released that day; he left under police escort to the Aix-Luynes remand center (Bouches-du-Rhône), prosecuted for "violation of professional secrecy and disclosure of information on an investigation or an investigation for felony or misdemeanor punishable by ten years of imprisonment, relating to criminality or organized delinquency, to a person likely to be involved ”.

In other words, he is suspected of having informed high-ranking thugs of the direction of certain investigations.When his indictment was announced on February 6, the case caused a stir in Aix- in Provence and Marseille.The Association of Criminal Lawyers (Adap) had hastened, without knowing the merits of the case, to denounce "the repeated attacks on lawyers' secrecy".

Posted Date: 2020-12-24

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