Translation of the news release by the French news agency, Agence France Presse, dated April 29th 2014, following the press release issued to Agence France Presse by M. Fabien Chalandon on the Visionex case.
Visionex : before his trial, the son of a former member of the French government,
launches his counter-attack
Sent to trial in the Visionex case, Fabien Chalandon, son of the former minister of Justice, Albin Chalandon, counterattacks by lodging a penal complaint, which Agence France Presse has accessed to, and in which he presents this case as a conspiracy engineered by the French gaming police.
The Visionex case bears the name of a start-up company from western France (Loire-Atlantique), which had sold to French bars a device which provided user-friendly internet access for a fee. Investigators consider that this equipment is hiding a slot machine, which is prohibited by French laws.
This is the conclusion drawn by an investigative magistrate after four years of enquiry, which led in January eight people to be sent to trial, including Fabien Chalandon. The date of the trial is unknown.
Fabien Chalandon, 61 years old, worked for Visionex as a consultant. He has assured AFP that the Visionex equipment was providing a promotional lottery legal under the French Consumer code, and that the Department of Public Liberties of the Ministry of Interior had verbally granted its consent to this lottery in November 2007.
But simultaneously, a penal enquiry was initiated in a Paris suburb, Créteil. This is the context claimed by Fabien Chalandon, which urged his father to appeal to Mrs. Alliot-Marie, then minister of Interior, on the grounds that such a penal proceeding could destroy this start-up company.
Minister of Justice between 1986 and 1988, Albin Chalandon was remanded in custody for 48 hours and interrogated in 2010 for, among other subjects, his lobbying for Visionex with the French authorities. A former senior cabinet advisor to Mrs. Alliot-Marie, David Senat, was also indicted but charges against him were dropped in January 2014.
Fabien Chalandon, who claims to have helped Visionex at the request of his father, is accusing the French Gaming Police (Service central des courses et jeux -SCCJ), of having conspired to destroy Visionex. According to him, the Visionex devices were threatening the economic interests of PMU and Française des Jeux, the two French gaming monopolies. He presents the French enquiry has an “organized and premeditated plan” or a “chantier” (the French jargon to designate a police set-up using fabricated evidence), to punish him for having denounced the Gaming Police and their highly questionable methods.
In January 2014, Mr. Fabien Chalandon lodged a criminal complaint seeking redress and damages for, among other legal reasons, “forgery, falsification, spicing-up, concealment and destruction of evidence”, “abuse of power”, “false testimony”, “perversion of the course of justice by the use of fraudulent means”, in which he questions the impartiality of the investigation which led him to be remanded 10 days in custody on fabricated charges.