Rigged markets: the Court of Appeal confirms the prison term and the ineligibility for Senator Jean-Noël Guérini


The Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal sentenced Senator Jean-Noël Guérini, a former strongman of the Bouches-du-Rhône Socialist Party, to three years in prison on Wednesday, March 30, including 18 months suspended and five years of ineligibility for rigging public contracts.

At the trial of the Guérini brothers: “What do you want, my brother had telephone sickness! »

His brother Alexandre, 65, an entrepreneur in the waste sector, sentenced him to six years in prison with a warrant of committal at the hearing. These sentences essentially confirm those pronounced at first instance on May 28, 2021 by the Marseille Criminal Court against the two men.

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Sentenced for “illegal taking of interests”Jean-Noël Guérini, 71, was prosecuted for having taken part in the vote on June 2, 2006 of a deliberation of the General Council which he chaired providing for the transfer to the urban community of Aubagne, a town neighboring Marseille, land pre-empted two years earlier by the department for the protection of natural areas.

“Mister Brother”

This land would make it possible to extend a landfill center for household waste, of which his brother Alexandre, nicknamed “Mister Brother” for the economic advantages that he knew how to draw from the political influence of his elder, had just been seen entrusting the exploitation. Sentenced for “Breach of trust, passive influence peddling and the laundering of a sum of 26 million euros, proceeds from the sale of one of his waste treatment companies, Alexandre Guérini was presented during the two trials as the central element of the Guérini system. »

Guérini trial in Marseille: “With my brother, we no longer speak”

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He was notably accused of having used his brother’s position to put pressure on elected officials or civil servants in order to circumvent public procurement procedures, enrich himself or eliminate competitors or favor relatives.

In these requisitions on appeal, Advocate General Pierre-Jean Gaury, had denounced the “blatant dishonesty” by Jean-Noël Guérini who “used his functions for personal gain and contributed to discrediting an institution”. The senator’s defense had demanded his release.



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