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

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


Karim Benzema’s attorneys have referred to as for prices in opposition to him over an try and 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 offer proof to convict the star of complicity in an try and blackmail.

 

‘One can ask what actually pursuits French individuals on this case? Sex? Money? Football? Not the judicial ingredient in any case,’ lawyer Antoine Vey advised 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 regulation. 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 wonderful of 75,000 euros (£63,352) for the 33-year-old France worldwide, who has not appeared throughout the three days of hearings which started on Wednesday.

 

Benzema, who is anticipated to play this weekend in opposition to Barcelona within the Clasico, is certainly one of 5 individuals on trial over the 2015 extortion try over a sexually specific video that was stolen from Valbuena’s cellphone.

 

Testifying on the opening day of the trial Wednesday, Valbuena mentioned the affair – which noticed him and Benzema excluded from the nationwide staff – 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 staff’s coaching centre in October 2015 and advised him he might assist him discover somebody to ‘handle’ the problem of the video.

 

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

 

In a wiretapped dialog, he advised the pal who’s accused of appearing as a middlemen for the suspected blackmailers that ‘he isn’t taking us critically’.

 

The prosecution claims this reveals Benzema was complicit, however his lawyer mentioned Friday the alternate confirmed the footballer was ‘not an instance of complete contrition’ throughout the dialog.

 

‘We by no means mentioned he was being form… however it’s not a felony offence,’ Vey advised the courtroom.

 

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

 

‘I come up with the money for. I do not want it,’ he mentioned.

 

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

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