12/06/2021 10:04 pm | UPDATED 12/06/2021 AT 10:18 PM
Like Karim Benzema, Karim Zenati appealed part of the verdict rendered on November 24 by the court of Versailles.
After five and a half years of investigation, the court of Versailles delivered its verdict on November 24 on the blackmail case in the intimate video of Mathieu Valbuena. One of the five defendants, Karim Benzema received a one-year suspended prison sentence plus a € 75,000 fine. His childhood friend Karim Zenati for his part was sentenced to 15 months in prison and several thousand euros in damages for the damage suffered by Valbuena and the FFF.
As for the latter, the court ruled that it was ” perfectly aware of the blackmail in which he was going to participate to the detriment of a player of the France team “And that he”without hesitation involved his friend Karim Benzema in these maneuvers, who seemed to be in the best position to convince Mr. Valbuena to give in to blackmail and hand over money “. A verdict against him that Karim Zenati partially contests, he who decided to appeal like KB9.
Zouaoui changed his mind
“I only appealed against civil interests, the judgment is final with regard to Karim Zenati with regard to public action», His lawyer Me Emmanuel Mercinier told L’Equipe. In other words, if he accepts his prison sentence, Zenati does not intend to pay the slightest penny to Valbuena and the French Football Federation. Considered to be the mastermind of the case, Mustapha Zouaoui, sentenced to two and a half years in prison, changed his mind in his desire to appeal. Axel Angot and Younes Houass accepted the sentence: respectively two years in prison and 18 months suspended.
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