The incident occurred in 2015, when the Actual Madrid ahead was accused of contributing to an alleged extortion in the direction of his former teammate of the French workforce, Mathieu Valbuena.
French Actual Madrid footballer Karim Benzema might be tried for complicity within the blackmail case with a video of sexual content material to Mathieu Valbuena, introduced this Thursday the prosecution of the Court docket of Versailles.
“The choice to take him to trial is merciless absurd and unfair“The participant’s lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, advised EFE, for whom” Benzema has nothing to reproach himself with on this abstract. “
The case turned identified in 2015, when two males who labored for Valbuena in Marseille had an alleged video of the footballer together with his spouse for which they tried to extort cash from him. Confronted together with his refusal, the alleged blackmailers contacted one other participant, Djibril Cissé, to steer Valbuena that he ought to pay. As they have been unsuccessful, they turned to Karim Zenati, Benzema’s childhood good friend, to acquire the Madridista’s mediation.
On October 5 of that 12 months, throughout a focus of the French workforce, Benzema went to Valbuena’s room and advised him it will be higher if he paid to keep away from issues.
The madridista maintains that he gave him a Pal’s recommendation, however the prosecution thought-about that it was a strain measurement, for which he was charged on November 5, 2018 with against the law of complicity in blackmail, for which he could be sentenced to as much as 5 years in jail.
The Justice had carried out wiretapping to search out these chargeable for the grievance filed by Valbuena upon receiving an nameless name demanding 150,000 euros in alternate for not spreading the intercourse video.
In these investigations, conversations on the topic between Benzema and the then Olympique de Lyon participant have been noticed, for which they requested his arrest for questioning.
That October 13, Cisse he was arrested for 12 hours and later launched within the framework of this case. The next month, Benzema testified for a number of hours on the Versailles courthouse, on the outskirts of Paris.
A supply near the investigation mentioned that the present Actual Madrid striker cited the existence of the video when talking with Valbuena at first of October, on the event of a name for the French workforce on the Clairefontaine coaching heart, earlier than the pleasant matches versus Armenia and Denmark.
Investigators determined to detain the participant to attempt to decide if the dialog with Valbuena was only a good friend’s recommendation to get out of the case as shortly as attainable or so as to add strain and power him to pay.
As reported by the BFM TV channel, the French heart ahead would have admitted to the choose his participation within the case of blackmail with a intercourse video. After this, he was charged within the case and he was launched beneath judicial management.
Along with being charged, the choose ordered the prohibition of Benzema from being in touch with Valbuena, which sophisticated his participation within the French nationwide workforce. “It will be unable to be summoned once more”, affirmed at the moment the president of the French federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët, purpose why the sanction was accepted by the coach Didier Deschamps.