For several months, Yves Piguet strongly criticized on his Facebook profile the former prefect, Sylvie Feucher, on his management of the health crisis in form of outrages and insults.
Screenshots were taken by the prefecture services. On August 7, 2020, Sylvie Feucher lodged a complaint with the gendarmerie. Yves Piguet was placed in police custody and then summoned to the local court of Saint-Martin for public insult and contempt of a person holding public authority.
The case was called for the first time on September 17, 2020 but was postponed to November 19 because the lawyer, Maître Stéphane Chalus, had not had a copy of the file. On November 19, a second referral was ordered because the council still had no knowledge of the file. It is therefore today that Yves Piguet appeared in court.
However, he did not explain the facts with which he was accused because his lawyer raised nullities in the procedure, which according to him is “borrowing from arbitrariness and amateurism on the part of the prosecution”.
Maître Chalus explained in particular that the summons by minutes did not comply with the code of criminal procedure in this type of case, as did police custody.
He also pointed out a technical detail relating to the difference between public and non-public contempt.
The prosecution recognized the nullities raised and requested an acquittal. A suspension of hearing took place in order to allow the magistrates to deliberate. After a few minutes, they released Yves Piguet. (soualigapost.com)
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