The elected Geneva State Council is paying dearly for its luxury trip to Abu Dhabi. In the appeal process, he emphasized that the trip was not a criminal offense.
Philippe Reichen from Geneva
Behind Pierre Maudet is a «annus horR.ibilis». In February, the judiciary convicted him of having paid a luxury trip to Abu Dhabi. The verdict is acceptance of benefits. In March the people voted out Maudet’s government councilor. But in the case of the trip to Abu Dhabi, the 43-year-old still rejects any guilt. He has not given up hope of an acquittal. This Were well a free pass for a comeback as a politician.
In Geneva, Maudet is trusted to become a non-party in 2023 at to run for the next government election. It’s not like that yetfar. Because Pierre Maudet challenged the February first-instance judgment, he has been back in the dock since Monday, this time in front of the Geneva man OccupationGso-calledright
Maudet assured court president Alessandra Cambi Favre-Bulle that because of the trip to Abu Dhabi he owed no one and uh Never did anything in return. A Geneva real estate entrepreneur would have made the trip, but without the royal family of the trip, the royal family of the emirate.
In contact about construction project
But the fact is that the Geneva-based real estate entrepreneur is actively seeking proximity to Maudet. The entrepreneur also confirmed this in court. He wanted to build an innovation campus with public and private funding. Good contacts in the administration are essential, sagte the man.
«They wanted to go with IEarn something for your project»the President of the Court pointed out. The real estate entrepreneur convicted in the first instance for granting advantagesOrder war, took advantage of the remark on the counter:«I still don’t know why I’m sitting here in front of you. “
“That was a lie and I take responsibility for it.”
Pierre Maudet, former Geneva State Councilor
And Pierre Maudet still does not understand why the public prosecutor has brought charges against him. He says he is grateful to the real estate entrepreneur for the trip, but that he never owed him anything because of it. Be at allhe doubts that dying ffive day Travel for him and his family 50,000 francs cost how the prosecution calculated this.
Nonetheless, he was dizzyDuring criminal investigation, a Lebanese businessman made the trip of the trip. «That was a lie, and I take responsibility for it»he said a nun in court. But today he had the feeling that he had been convicted for the lie, because he had never started a crime because of the trip, according to Maudet.
Prosecutor Stéphane Grodecki sees the different. He continues to demand 14 months’ imprisonment for Maudet. In the first instance Grodecki did not quite get away with his criminal complaint. The single judge had sentenced Maudet to a conditional fine of 300 daily rates of 400 francs (120,000 francs). For this purpose, eR. Pay 50,000 francs, the value of the gifted trip, as compensation in the state treasury.
Maudet waives his pension
After hisR. Election as government councilor rPierre Maudet presents an IT company based in Geneva and joins an international conferences. He tells him stbefore to a lifelong state council pension (around 90,000 francs annually), but he currently has no claim to the money.
Searches for the spotlight from which he had to step out as a politician maudet asuburb. From the end of November the 43Jyear old in Freiburg as an actor on the theater stage. He appears in the traditional satirical review of the year, the so-called satire revue «Fribug».
The appeal process against Pierre Maudet and three co-defendants will last until Wednesday. A verdict is expected in the next few days.
Philippe Reichen has been a correspondent for Western Switzerland since 2012, based in Lausanne. He studied history, philosophy and general constitutional law at the universities in Zurich and Freiburg im Breisgau.