“Villepin Counterattacks”

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Villepin: out on bail and making lots of noise.

The Jornal de Notícias  (Portugal) passes along the wire-service item from AFP: Dominique de Villepin goes on the counterattack.

A confusão entre “glória e poder” terá levado o actual presidente da França, Nicolas Sarkozy, a incriminar Dominique de Villepin, anterior primeiro-ministro, no âmbito do caso Clearstream, um esquema de cobrança de comissões ilegais no qual o antigo chefe de Governo é um dos arguidos. A acusação de Villepin consta de um dossiê ontem confiado aos juízes que ouviram o depoimento do antigo governante, num dia em que ressaltou uma óbvia mudança de estratégia.

“Confusing power with glory” may have led the current president of France, Sarkozy, to incriminate Dominique de Villepin, the previous prime minister, in the Clearstream case — a scheme in which illegal commissions were collected in which the former head of government is one of those indicted. Villepin’s accusation is made in a dossier he presented yesterday to judges who took his testimony, on a day that brought an obvious change in strategy on his part.   

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Investigado sob a acusação de “cumplicidade em denúncia caluniosa”, Villepin contra-atacou com “elementos novos” para provar a sua inocência. Numa nota de 23 páginas dirigidas aos juízes, a que a agência France-Presse teve acesso, Villepin acusa o ministro do Interior do seu Governo de ter “privatizado” o dossiê em benefício próprio. “Podemos constatar a força com a qual Nicolas Sarkozy se apresenta em vítima, a única vítima deste dossiê, e, concomitantemente, a rapidez com que o ataque foi lançado contra mim, sem qualquer elemento de prova, apoiando-se num pseudo ‘móbil’ político”, escreveu Villepin.

Investigated on charges of “conspiring to make a slanderous accusation,” Villepin counterattacked with “new elements” to prove his innocence. In a 23-page note to the judges, to which AFP had access, he accuses the former minister of the interior in his government (Sarkozy) of having “privatized” the dossier in his own interest. “We can all see the vehemence with which Sarkozy presents himself as a victim, the only victim of this dossier, and, concomitantly, the speed with which this attack was launched against me, without any evidence to back it, based only on a specious political [“mobile,”] Villepin wrote.

“Mobile?” You mean as in Alexander Calder? Sort of a guilt-by-association metaphor?

Entre 2004 e 2005, quando ocupava os ministérios dos Negócios Estrangeiros e do Interior, Villepin poderia ter actuado para acusar Sarkozy, então seu rival na disputa interna do partido pela candidatura à presidência, de receber comissões ilegais. O nome do actual presidente figura nas falsas listas da sociedade financeira Clearstream, de Luxemburgo, como destinatário de comissões.

Between 2004 and 2005, when he occupied the ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior, Villepin may have acted to accuse Sarkozy, his rival at the time in an internal party dispute for the presidential nomination, of receiving illegal payments. The name of the current president appears on phony Clearstream lists as having received these payments.

Some gabbling spy has confessed to falsifying those, it is my understanding.

“O caso Clearstream não é um assunto político”, disse ontem Villepin depois de ter analisado, desde o passado mês de Julho, os 27 volumes da instrução do processo que levou os magistrados a imporem-lhe uma fiança de 200 mil euros, além da proibição de se reunir com os principais envolvidos no caso, entre eles o ex-presidente Jacques Chirac.

“The Clearstream case is not about politics,” Villepin said yesterday after analyzing, since July, the 27 volumes of the case file in the indictment that led the magistrates to impose bail of 200,000 on him and to forbid him from meeting with the principal figures in the case, among them former president Chirac. 

O antigo primeiro-ministro evocou, ainda, as “pressões” que, nos últimos dias, terão sido feitas sobre a justiça, interrogando-se, nomeadamente, sobre o papel do chefe do Estado, que preside ao Conselho Superior de Magistratura.

The former prime minister also alluded to “pressures” that, in recent days, have been put on the court, questioning, rhetorically, whether the chief of state, who presides over the Superior Council of the Magistracy, might have taken a hand.

Pelo seu lado, Sarkozy aparente ignorar estes ataques. A sua vontade de “conhecer a verdade” sobre o caso Clearstream “não mudou”, disse ontem um porta-voz.

Sarkozy seems to be ignoring these attacks. His desire to “know the truth” on the Clearstream case “has not changed,” a spokesperson said yesterday.

It would be interesting to know whether any of the journalists currently screaming “persecution’ might have been involved in disseminating any of this alleged Donald Segrettist ratfink campaign against Sarkozy.

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