Monday, January 24

Justice. Balkany’s electronic bracelet placement revoked after “hundreds of ringing incidents”

According to information from Mediapart, the placement under electronic bracelet of Isabelle and Patrick Balkany, in order to serve their conviction for tax evasion, was revoked on December 17, during a hearing of the court of application of sentences of Evreux.

The Balkany couple are attached to this jurisdiction because of their residence in their property in Giverny (in the Eure), about forty kilometers from Evreux.

Contacted by the investigative media, Isabelle Balkany’s lawyer, Pierre-Olivier Sur, said “that the prosecution considered that the appeal [interjeté le 23 décembre – ndlr] was suspensive ”. “This decision is a wake-up call,” he said. “There have been about a hundred ringing incidents, and a little offhand … They are not allowed to leave the house, but when the dog comes out, they run after, when the postman passes, they go to the portal ”. “At the time of the hearing the device was finally settled so that there is no more incident,” added the lawyer.

Three years closed

The couple were sentenced on appeal in March 2020 to three years in prison for tax evasion. Following this conviction on appeal, Patrick and Isabelle Balkany, aged 73 and 74 respectively, were removed from their elected mandates. They were then mayor LR and first deputy of Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine). In application of these penalties, they had been placed in early 2021 under an electronic bracelet in their property at the Cossy mill, in Giverny, with exit times.

Incarcerated at the end of 2019 at the Health prison in this case, Patrick Balkany was released 5 months later for health reasons. In February 2021, he was indicted three times in another investigation into suspicions of fraudulent use of premises belonging to the city of Levallois.

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