Judge Raphaël a sprinkler sprinkled

Judge Patrick Ramaël, who denounces the legal uncertainty in which the police and investigative magistrates work, is a magistrate at the Court of Appeal of Aix-en-Provence and co-author of “The Practice of Criminal Investigation »where he calls for a reform of criminal procedure as well as author of the “International Crime and Justice » among others.

He has long been an examining magistrate in Paris where he broke with his hierarchy and made himself famous in 2008 by raiding the Elysée Palace. Judge Ramaël, investigated the disappearance in Côte d’Ivoire of French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer, and was accused of “professional shortcomings”, according to the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSM). But if this name is familiar to us, it is because Ramaël is the illustrious ex-investigating judge who led the investigation into the disappearance, in 1965 in Paris, of the Moroccan opponent Mehdi Ben Barka, leading him to search in 2010 to the Directorate General for External Security (DGSE) in France, of which he suspected a semblance of complicity.

Exceptionally in France, he was attacked for violation of the secrecy of the instruction… by Miloud Tounzi, a former Moroccan civil servant. For the ex-magistrate Ramaël the plaintiff is the presumed leader of the commando which made the Moroccan opponent disappear “a retired criminal in the service of the Moroccan state “, he launched at the bar”Everyone knows that Miloud Tounzi was hiding under his agent name, Larbi Chtouki, sentenced in absentia to life in 1967. It was Tounzi who led the commando that kidnapped, tortured and made Medhi’s body disappear. Ben Barka”, exclaimed again thisformer examining magistrate who for ten years had in hand the Ben Barka file, one of the oldest in France.

Two lawyers, French and Moroccan, from the civil party then rise up and evoke passages from a book by Patrick Ramaël, published in 2015, which makes the link between Miloud Tounzy and Chtouki where Miloud’s confession is made. Tounzi before a special commission in Morocco Equity and Reconciliation Authority (IER), a Moroccan body set up on April 12, 2004 by King Mohammed VI. The lawyers claim that the judge never obtained any evidence, any serious and consistent clue during his investigation: “It’s lamentable, it’s a moral assassination“.

Patrick Ramaël’s lawyer specifies that his client, in 2015, no longer had the file, and that in his book, he only quoted a Moroccan press article, never sued for defamation either. . For the French lawyer of Miloud Tounzy, “This hearing never took place, it is false! It’s a shame…“. For the defender of Patrick Ramaël, “My client tried to retrieve this report, but there was a refusal from the Moroccan authorities“. The respondent recalls that he had issued arrest warrants in 2007 against several Moroccan suspects who may be involved in the disappearance of Mehdi Ben Barka and that he had many “serious and concordant clues“. Except that, in keeping with its rebellious personality, they were launched on the day of the official visit to Morocco by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Patrick Ramaël doggedly persisted at the helm in attacking the Moroccan authorities, accusing them of a thousand and one evils against him, so he shamelessly accused that the Moroccan authorities were behind “these defamation proceedings by trying to attack him “in vain” for violation of the secrecy of the instruction“. Recall that the lawyer for the Ben Barka family, Maurice Buttin, was also prosecuted for having reported the arrest warrants to a journalist Joseph Tual in this case, and that he had admitted the facts. But this brave Ramaël is not at his first misdeed in his fight to rid himself of guilt.

His reason for being, before the 17th chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal according to him, that of defamation cases, lies in the fact that he would have traveled to Morocco under a false profession (farmer instead of judge of instruction), during his mission in the Ben Barka case and was canceled the day before. Once in the Kingdom, reluctantly, he then went to take the GPS coordinates of the site of the former secret prison in Rabat, the PF3, near which the head of Mehdi Ben Barka could have been buried… or nope. We will know more through the verdict on June 23, since the judgment on appeal, after an acquittal at first instance, has been reserved.


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