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French court investigates 3 accused of influence peddling linked to PSG

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Two former police officers and a French-Algerian lobbyist will be brought before an investigating judge in Paris, after the opening on Thursday of a judicial investigation into a possible case of influence peddling in which Paris Saint-Germain would have benefited.

The trio is suspected of having used their relationships to transmit sensitive and confidential information to various institutions, including PSG. The data was withheld on Monday amid a preliminary investigation opened in July 2021.

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A PSG source told AFP that for the time being the club is not involved in the case and is at the disposal of justice to provide all the information required.

The two officers had consulted police files “to obtain private information such as names, addresses and telephone numbers”, as well as criminal records, information that had been sold later, according to the newspaper Le Parisien.

This process was opened on the basis of information discovered in the appeal of another investigation, about journalist Alex Jordanov, author of a book in which he reveals certain methods of recruitment and management within the French secret services and who in June was accused of the crime of publicizing of confidential information.

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One of the former police officers, Malik N., linked to the secret services, was hired by PSG in 2018 as a contact person between the club and its fans.

According to the PSG source, this person had recently left this job for personal reasons, unrelated to the judicial investigation. Lobbyist Tayeb B. is cited this Thursday in the newspaper Libération as a central character in a case related to Qatar.

According to the publication, this man would have been imprisoned for several months and in inhumane conditions in the small emirate for possessing compromising information for Qatar and for Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of PSG, before being released in exchange for silence.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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