Alain Mathot dismissed in cassation
Alain Mathot is “definitively condemned in Belgian legislation”. The Courtroom of Cassation has simply dismissed his attraction in opposition to his conviction for corruption. Alain Mathot was sentenced final March for influencing the Herstal incinerator building marketplace for cash. The ultimate nature of this conviction is disputed by Alain Mathot’s lawyer, Jean-Philippe Mayence, who declares his intention to use to the European Courtroom of Human Rights.
His blocked political future
This judgment of the Courtroom of Cassation appears to settle the political way forward for Alain Mathot. As a result of within the conviction of the previous mayor of Seraing, there’s not “solely” twelve months suspended sentence and 700,000 euros that must be paid, there are additionally 5 years of forfeiture of his civil rights and insurance policies. Which means the previous mayor of Seraing and former deputy will be unable to face for the subsequent elections in 2024. Legally, after 5 years, he may come again, however politically it could possibly be very difficult.
Alain Mathot is sentenced for corruption. We’re speaking concerning the Intradel case. 700,000 euros in banknotes modified fingers. It was Alain Mathot who pocketed them, mentioned the judgment. The cash was given to him to affect the marketplace for the development of a brand new incinerator. It’s bribery.
The case was tried a number of occasions. First episode: the corrupter of Alain Mathot is condemned, however not the previous mayor of Seraing, nonetheless protected by parliamentary immunity. Second episode in February 2021: Alain Mathot is acquitted by the Liège Prison Courtroom. Third episode on attraction on March 11 this yr. This time, Alain Mathot is condemned. The fourth episode confirms the third: the Courtroom of Cassation rejects Alain Mathot’s attraction. His prison conviction turns into remaining underneath Belgian legislation.
Subsequent episode: Strasbourg
There stays the European Courtroom of Human Rights. His lawyer has already introduced his intention to go “to the tip” and mentioned he was “satisfied that the European court docket [lui] will give motive and condemn the Belgian State”. However the process is lengthy, it doesn’t droop the conviction and mustn’t enable Alain Mathot to look in 2024 earlier than the voters. Be aware that the intermunicipal Intradel had additionally lodged an attraction in Cassation, in civil this time. Intradel intends to assert compensation from Alain Mathot.
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