The sentence enforcement court will hand down its decision on May 30 on the request for conditional release of Patrick Balkany, imprisoned for three months at the Fleury-Merogis remand center in Essonne, to which the Evry prosecution has opposite Thursday. The court hearing took place behind closed doors within the prison itself. Patrick Balkany, 73, was taken into custody on February 7. After having carried out five months of detention for tax evasion, then having been released under electronic bracelet for health reasons, the former elected official had returned to prison because of numerous breaches of his obligations, according to justice.
Patrick Balkany “still expresses his opposition to the principle of his conviction”
The placement under an electronic bracelet of his wife Isabelle, still hospitalized since her suicide attempt in February, had also been revoked. A few weeks after his imprisonment, the former LR mayor of Levallois-Perret filed a request for parole through his lawyers. The Evry sentence enforcement court must decide whether or not to release him. According to the prosecution, Patrick Balkany “still expresses his opposition to the principle of his conviction, despite its final nature, which bodes ill for compliance with the requested sentence adjustment measure”.
In addition, the prosecution affirms in a press release that the former elected “only justifies, at most, the payment of a total sum of approximately 7,000 euros, since February 2022, while the tax debt for which he is responsible for the repair amounts to more than 4 million euros”.
The Balkany spouses guilty of not having paid wealth tax
The prison integration and probation service (Spip) issued an unfavorable opinion, while the prison administration gave a favorable opinion on his sentence adjustment. The Balkany spouses had been found guilty of not having paid wealth tax between 2010 and 2015 and of having paid a grossly undervalued income tax between 2009 and 2014, for an estimated total of four million euros. euros of sums evaded.
Patrick Balkany’s release from prison is normally scheduled for April 2023. Contacted by AFP, his lawyers did not wish to comment on the hearing.