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Real Madrid star Karim Benzema’s lawyers demand sex-tape blackmail case against the France striker be dismissed

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema’s lawyers demand sex-tape blackmail case against the France striker be dismissed

Karim Benzema’s attorneys have known as for costs in opposition to him over an try to blackmail fellow participant Mathieu Valbuena with a intercourse tape to be dismissed.


On the final day of hearings, Benzema’s attorneys claimed the prosecution had failed to supply proof to convict the star of complicity in an try to blackmail.


‘One can ask what actually pursuits French folks on this case? Sex? Money? Football? Not the judicial factor in any case,’ lawyer Antoine Vey informed the courtroom, including that the prosecution’s case had been constructed round Valbuena’s ’emotions’.


Addressing the decide, he added: ‘It’s by no means too late to do some legislation. You are the ultimate safeguard.’


Benzema’s different lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, criticised a ‘media-judicial circus’.


The prosecution demanded a 10-month suspended sentence on Thursday and a advantageous of 75,000 euros (£63,352) for the 33-year-old France worldwide, who has not appeared through the three days of hearings which started on Wednesday October 20.


Benzema, who is predicted to play this weekend in opposition to Barcelona within the Clasico, is one among 5 folks on trial over the 2015 extortion try over a sexually express video that was stolen from Valbuena’s cellphone.


Testifying on the opening day of the trial Wednesday, Valbuena stated the affair – which noticed him and Benzema excluded from the nationwide crew – had left him feeling ‘frightened’ and fearful for his profession.


Benzema claims he was solely attempting to assist his fellow participant when he approached him in regards to the intercourse tape on the French crew’s coaching centre in October 2015 and informed him he may assist him discover somebody to ‘handle’ the difficulty of the video.


Prosecutors declare Benzema was working with the opposite accused, together with a childhood good friend from his hometown Lyon.


In a wiretapped dialog, he informed the good friend who’s accused of performing as a middlemen for the suspected blackmailers that ‘he isn’t taking us significantly’.


The prosecution claims this exhibits Benzema was complicit, however his lawyer stated Friday the change confirmed the footballer was ‘not an instance of complete contrition’ through the dialog.


‘We by no means stated he was being sort… however it’s not a prison offence,’ Vey informed the courtroom.


In an interview with investigators in 2015, Benzema denied involvement, asking why he would become involved.


‘I have the funds for. I do not want it,’ he stated.


A verdict within the trial can be introduced on November 24.

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