Karim Benzema will not sit on the bench of the defendants, Wednesday, October 20, at the criminal court of Versailles. According to corroborating sources contacted by The world, the star striker of the Blues will not go to his trial, scheduled over three days, for “complicity in attempted blackmail” to the “sextape” exercised, in 2015, on his ex-teammate in selection, Mathieu Valbuena. The player faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He will be represented at the hearing by his lawyers, Mr.es Antoine Vey and Sylvain Cormier.
Tuesday, he participated in the victory (5-0) of Real Madrid against Chakhtar Donetsk, during the third day of the Champions League. The match took place in Kiev, more than 2,200 km from Versailles.
“Karim works, he has work, Karim Djaziri, his former agent, explained to RMC on Monday. He has a match tomorrow [mardi] in the Champions League, and a clasico to prepare for Sunday, in parentheses. Just one of the most important matches in the world… ”
Karim Benzema suspected of having “helped to carry out this blackmail”
According to the order for reference, that The world consulted, Karim Benzema is suspected by the examining magistrate, Anne Duval, of“To have helped to carry out this blackmail by proposing to Mr. Valbuena (…) during an interview he initiated, insisting (…) the services of a close friend [son ami d’enfance, Karim Zenati], while validating the fact that this remedy is not free. “
During his hearing, “ Mathieu Valbuena then specified that he initially thought that it was “friendly advice”, then noticed during the conversation that he was an intermediary for the blackmailers. He felt that Benzema wanted to make him understand that it was serious that it could do damage to him, his family and the France team. “.
One of the alleged blackmailers, Axel Angot, had maintained before investigators that one of the defendants, Mustapha Zouaoui, “ had the idea of calling on Karim Benzema via Karim Zenati, to put pressure on Mr. Valbuena ”. According to him, ” the purpose of Mr. Benzema’s intervention was to make Mr. Valbuena pay ”.
For Karim Benzema’s defense, this accusation is unfounded. “What Karim Benzema basically expects from this trial is that we finally realize the absurd nature of the accusation against him in this case”, estimates Me Sylvain Cormier.