French footballer, Karim Benzema, is suing the nation’s inside minister after the politician stated he had “notorious” hyperlinks to the Islamist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Benzema, 36, filed a case for defamation on Tuesday in opposition to Gérald Darmanin, who’s responsible of “political exploitation,” the participant’s lawyer stated.
In a 92-page criticism, Benzema stated he “never had the slightest link with the Muslim Brotherhood organisation” nor, to the participant’s information, “with someone who would claim it”.
The authorized paperwork added: “I realise to what extent I am, because of my notoriety, being used in political games that are all the more scandalous since the dramatic events since 7 October deserve anything other than this type of declaration.”
Benzema’s lawyer, Hugues Vigier, advised French information outlet RTL that the footballer is the sufferer of “political exploitation” and accused the inside minister of “sowing division in France”.
The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group of Sunni Muslims, is banned in a number of nations, together with Egypt since 2013, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, the place the previous Real Madrid striker performs for Saudi Pro League crew Al Ittihad.
However, the Muslim Brotherhood, based in Egypt in 1928, is just not banned in a lot of the European Union.
Benzema and Mr Darmanin clashed in October after the participant posted on the social media web site, X, exhibiting his help for the folks of Gaza as “victims again of unjust bombardments which spare neither women nor children”.
Mr Darmanin, in an interview on French TV channel CNews, identified that Benzema had failed to specific comparable sympathy for the estimated 1,300 Israeli victims that Hamas killed on 7 October.
The former French striker, he stated, was “well-known for his links with the Muslim Brotherhood.
“We are preventing the hydra that’s the Muslim Brotherhood as a result of it creates an environment of jihadism,” the minister added.
Benzema, a practising Muslim, rapidly issued a denial and threatened authorized motion in opposition to the minister for slander.
Mr Darmanin is but to touch upon the criticism.
He has beforehand criticised Benzema for different causes, together with his refusal to sing the French nationwide anthem earlier than worldwide matches.
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Benzema’s case in opposition to Mr Darmanin was filed on the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), the one court docket in France with the facility to prosecute and decide members of the federal government for offences dedicated in the midst of their work.
In 2021, Benzema was handed a one-year suspended jail sentence and fined €75,000 (£63,000) for his half in a intercourse tape blackmail scandal in opposition to his French teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
He was suspended by the French nationwide crew when the affair got here to mild in 2015.