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CoE Anti-Corruption watchdog Head Mrcela to EF on French Presidential: ALL Politicians to be Cleaned

Written by ACM
Monday, 20 March 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Marin Mrcela, from Croatia, President of CoE's Anti-Corruption Watchdog, known as "GRECO", replying to an "Eurofora"'s Question on the forthcoming French Presidential Elections of April/May 2017, stressed, in substance, that, as a matter of Pinciple, "All" Top Candidates have to be Checked and "Cleaned" from any eventualy Pending serious Allegations, and Not Only Some among them, Excluding the Others, particularly according to their Political Color, since that would be Contary to Democracy, Fairness, and Efficient Prevention of Corruption, absolutely opposite to CoE's Legal Standards.

 - "All Politicians Must be Cleaned !", strongly and clearly Replied, immediately, President Mrcela, to "Eurofora"s Topical Question about the Problems recently seen in France, where All main Candidates of the Right are notoriously Harassed by various Judicial Enquiries and Prosecutions, while, on the Contrary, Noone among the Left's Candidates has been yet disturbed, Despite growing suspicions and/or denonciations at least about one among them, (Comp., f.ex. : ....).

 

 
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+ Invited by "Eurofora" to make it Clear whether he really Meant that, in such cases as that in France nowadays, such Moves should, normaly, affect not only the Top Candidates of the Right, but Also of the Left, GRECO's President was Adamant, reacting categoricaly, with a sharp : - "Absolutely !"...

 Interestingly, he spoke to "Eurofora" just after Launching a New "Evaluation Round" by GRECO, for the Next few Years, which will be Focused on "Prevention of Corruption in Top Governemental Functions, and Law Enforcement", obviously including similar cases.
++ President Mrcela confirmed, indeed, (in Reply to another relevant "Eurofora"s Question), that this New Round of GRECO's Monitoring, which has just officialy Started Today, included also Investigations about France.

 

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Meanwhile, shortly After notoriously Harassing the Head of France's main Opposition Party, that of Center-Right "Republicans", former President of the Country, Nicolas Sarkozy, with Various Judicial Enquiries and Prosecutions, during these Latest Years of the Out-Going Socialist Government, suddenly, in a Surprizing, Last-Minute Move, at the Eve of the Crucial French Presidential Election, certain Judges and Prosecutors, following some Leftist Press Reports, Started to Harass also Francois Fillon, former Prime Minister and currently the official Presidential Candidate of that Same, Center-Right "Republican" Party. To all this, wete Added, also, 2 Different Enquiries and Prosecutions against the Rightist "FN" Party's Candidate to the Presidentials, Marine Le Pen, (See, f.ex. : ....).

Moreover, while the main Accusations against those 2 Top Candidates from the Right side of the Political spectrum concerned more or less Controversial claims about comparatively Lenient matters, (such as, f.ex., the Fact that he always Used to Work Together with his Wife during all his long career, for Fillon, always declaring her legal pay from Funds for Assistants routinely disposed by any MP who can, reportedly, do practicaly what he likes with them, during his mandates, and the even Less serious Fact that Marine Le Pen had simply Replied to a Slander claiming that her Party would be Assimilated to .. Islamist Terrorists of ISIL, with a Tweeter reproducing Photos, already Published by Others in the Web, showing real ISIL's Atrocities, in order to Remind the obviously Huge Differencies between a Controversial but Legal Political Party playing the Democratic Game, and Brutal, Deadly Islamist Terrorism), nevertheless, a Totaly Opposite stance was, curiously, kept by French Judges and/or Prosecutors, even for Serious Accusations against Candidates of the Left :


- Thus, f.ex., Center-Left's Candidate Macron, (a Former Councelor of Socialist President Hollande and former Minister in the Out-Going Socialist Government), has notoriously been, in the Meantime, Accused, by various Medias etc., for at least 5 Cases with Suspicions of more or less serious, eventual Corruption Risks, at least apparent, concerning :

 

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(1) Alleged Favoritism etc. in the way that were Spend Public Funds and/or selected those who Benefited from such Money, in a Collective Trip to Las Vegas (USA) as Minister ; (2) Various Allegations/Suspicions related to his Eventual Sources of Funds supporting his Electoral Campaign, (for which he is the Only Candidate to be Deprived from a pre-existing Political Party) ; (3) Plagiarism to the Detriment of Top MEP, former Minister of Foreign affairs, Defense, and JHA, Michele Alliot-Marie, whose Electoral Campaign Logo, Moto and/or Introduction, have been Spectacularly ...Copied, almost Entirely, Texto, by Macron's Electoral Pamphlets (See : ....) ; (4) Conflict of Interests, via his Medical Counselor -Obliged to Resign- and Brother of a Top Member of his Electoral Campaign Staff, who used to be Paid a lot of Money by a Controversial Private "Big Pharma" Company, known also for the Deadly Drug Scandal of "Mediator" in the recent Past ; (5) Allegations concerning his Wife's private Property and its Real Value ;  (6) a Controversial Fiscal manouvre, Spending Half a Million : 500.000 € for "Repairs" of her Wife's Buildings, in only 1 Year, allegedly abused as a means to Avoid Paying Taxes on his Revenues, (etc).


French Judges and/or Prosecutors, However, apparently Droped, until now, All those Accusations or Suspicions concerning Macron, (only opening, very Lately, a simple Anonymous Investigation on the "Las Vegas" case, But withOut Involving Legaly the former Socialist Minister himself, Not even Mentioning his Name !)...


Nevertheless, Recently, at least 3 Different, Independent NGOs, generaly Well Known for being Dedicated to the Fight against Corruption in general ("Anti-Cor"), Independent Medical Information ("Formindep"), and Public Expenditute ("IREF"), have reportedly Written and/or Officialy Alerted the competent Judges and/or Prosecutors, Asking for various relevant Investigations to be Launched, until now in Vain... [Data Partly UPDATED].


It's true that Governing Socialist Parties, in General, seem to be very Keen, also in Various Other Countries, to Avoid, almost at Any Price, several notable Anti-Corruption Investigations and/or Legal Prosecutions against their Main Political Allies, as, f.ex., it can be seen Recently also in the case of Romania :

- After a Previous Socialist Government had notoriously Attempted even to ... Destitute the Democraticaly Elected, ChristianDemocrat/EPP President of Romania, some Years ago, Troian Basescu, who had supported Anti-Corruption Enquiries particularly on a Former Socialist Prime Minister, (See, f.ex. : ....), Nowadays, it's also anOther Socialist Government, in that Same Country, which Notoriously tried to systematicaly Avoid any Investigations/Legal Prosecutions for various Corruption-related Accusations against several of its Political Allies, provoking an Unprecedented Popular Upheaval, with a lot of persisting Massive Public Demonstrations, etc., which Obliged that controversial Government to Back down, until now...

 

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    >>> - But, as Romania's Chief Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, Ms Laura Codruta Kövesi, told "Eurofora" Today, (after her Speech to the relevant CoE's Conference on GRECO's work, earlier this same day : Comp. Supra), rumours Warned that the current Socialist Government of the country, might, eventualy, make anOther, Different Attempt to Prevent Anti-Corruption Enquiries/Prosecutions against several among its Pals, by Drafting a New Legislative Bill to DeCriminalize such Cases, which might be Adopted by the National Parliament, if everything goes as scheduled by the Socialists, "at the Latest on June" 2017, i.e. "just before MPs leave for Summer Recess".

 

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    That's another, still on-going, Issue on the making, that GRECO will probably Follow very closely in the foreseable Future, in the Framework, precisely, of its New "Evaluation Round" on "Preventing Corruption and Promoting Integrity in Central Governments' Top Executive functions", as well as among "Law Enforcement agencies", which Obviously Fits Well too the present French Case, as it emerged from Today's PanEuropean/International CoE's Conference in Strasbourg to Launch this New Monitoring period, in Cooperation and with the Participation, here, also of relevant Senior Officials from CoE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE's Rapporteur on Corruption, MEP Michelle Nicoletti), the EU (OLAF's Director General, Giovanni Kessler), the OECD, IMF, UNO, etc.


    + But, another Original parameter of this 2017 CoE's Conference, that "Eurofora" attended, was the Fact that it Opened an Interesting area for Efficient Cooperation with relevant Civil Society and Citizens' possible moves, thanks also to the Participation of Representatives from EU Ombudsperson, Emily O'Reilly, NGOs such as "Transparency International", and "International Consortium of Investigative Journalists" (ICIJ), etc.

 

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    For that purpose, Each Time that CoE's Anti-Corruption Watchdog starts Monitoring a given Country, it systematicaly Makes an Appeal to Any Persons which might have Interesting Insights, Tips or Leads, with any useful relevant Facts or Tips, to Contribute in the Forthcoming Investigations at a PanEuropean level.

 
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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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