Five days before the presentation of the Ballon d’Or, will Karim Benzema be exonerated by justice, or found guilty of an embarrassing offense in the case of attempted blackmail with sextape targeting footballer Mathieu Valbuena in 2015 ?
The Lyon striker, back since this summer in the French football team, will be fixed on his fate this Wednesday morning, with the deliberation of the Versailles criminal court. The only defendant absent from the trial which was held from October 20 to 22, Karim Benzema should not be present in the Yvelines to take cognizance of the judgment, while his club plays in the evening in Tiraspol, Moldova, on behalf of the Champions League.
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Sentences ranging from 18 months suspended prison to 4 years were requested by the public prosecutor against the four other defendants, as well as fines ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 euros. Against Karim Zenati, Karim Benzema’s best friend already convicted in the past, he requested a two-year prison sentence.
The five men are on trial for trying to blackmail in 2015 the French international Mathieu Valbuena, who currently plays for the Greek club OIympiakos. They allegedly demanded that he pay a sum of money so as not to broadcast a personal video of a sexual nature belonging to the player.