The Paris Court of Appeal has accepted a sentence adjustment for incarcerated Patrick Balkany since February in Fleury-Mérogis prison.
Thus, the emblematic former mayor of Levallois-Perret will be released from prison on Friday.
He and his wife Isabelle Balkany had been found guilty of not having paid wealth tax between 2010 and 2015 and of having paid a grossly undervalued income tax between 2009 and 2014.
After having carried out five months of detention for tax evasion, then having been released under electronic bracelet for health reasons in February 2020, the former elected LR returned to prison in February 2022 due to numerous breaches of his obligations, according to justice.
His wife had been hospitalized after attempting suicide, according to her husband. She returned to her home on June 4 pending a possible summons to court.
4 million euros
For his part, Patrick Balkany had been imprisoned since February 7 in Fleury-Mérogis in Essonne. On May 30, the Evry sentence enforcement court granted him conditional release, without an electronic bracelet. But the Evry prosecution had appealed, recalling in particular that the former elected LR “only justifies, at most, the payment of a total sum of around 7,000 euros, since February 2022, while the tax debt of which he The cost of the repair amounts to more than four million euros”. His lawyers then denounced a “judicial harassment”.
“This decision is irreproachable in law” reacted Patrick Balkany’s lawyer. “There is no justification for the continued detention of a 73-year-old man who has already served two-thirds of his sentence,” he added.