Justice. Georges Tron released under electronic bracelet, according to his lawyer

Georges Tron, imprisoned in the prison of Health since his final conviction for rape, has been placed under an electronic bracelet since March 29, his lawyer Bertrand Burman told AFP on Wednesday. Since the verdict of his appeal trial for rape and sexual assault in February 2021 before the Paris Assize Court, the ex-elected LR was imprisoned in the Paris prison of Health.

Thanks to a sentence adjustment, the former mayor of Draveil (Essonne) came out on March 29 under an electronic bracelet and is now free to move during the day, said the lawyer, confirming information from the newspaper. The Parisian.

At the end of a procedure with twists and turns, Georges Tron and his former assistant for Culture in Draveil, Brigitte Gruel, were found guilty of having imposed touching and digital penetrations in November 2009 and January 2010 to a municipal employee, Virginie Ettel, under cover of plantar reflexology sessions. Definitively sentenced to a five-year prison sentence, two of which were suspended after the rejection of his appeal in cassation, the former Secretary of State had indicated in December his intention to seize the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR ).
“I reaffirm here today (…) that I am innocent of the charges against me,” he said in a statement sent to AFP by the town hall of Draveil, which he led from 1995 to May. 2021.

An investigation for witness subordination still in progress

In its judgment, the Court of Cassation considered that the Assize Court had indeed “characterized” the various elements “constituting the offenses of which it declared the accused guilty”, which Mr. Tron disputed. “He lives in Draveil, it is quite normal that he is seen in the streets of his city, ”commented Wednesday to AFP the current mayor of Draveil, Richard Privat, very close and former first deputy of Georges Tron. “His release is by right, it is justice that speaks but we are worried about the place he will take in the majority, he has revenge to take”, declared to AFP François Damerval, elected (EELV ) in the opposition, evoking the “great influence” of the former mayor. Today, Mr. Tron is no longer a city or community councilor.

In addition, an instruction “for witness subordination” is still in progress, the Evry prosecution confirmed on Wednesday. In this part, he is suspected of having put pressure on Virginie Ettel when she had denounced the facts of rape. A dismissal was pronounced in 2018 but the investigating chamber had requested new acts of investigation, relaunching the investigations.

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