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They request a fine of 75,000 euros and 10 months of conditional prison for Benzema for "Valbuena Case"
Benzema's trial has been carried out in Versailles and the prosecution has already expressed the request for conviction on the Real Madrid striker, who is accused of being an accessory to the Valbuena case, which is blackmail on his former teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
The white striker would pressure him to pay a large sum of money for not revealing a sex tape with his wife.
Due to this crime, the prosecution has requested 10 months of conditional prison and 75,000 euros of an accessory fine. "It is not just anyone" carries an image, a reputation that is very important to protect. "
Benzema the only one who does not appear at the oral hearing
So far, Karim Benzema is the only one of the five accused of this crime of blackmail who has not been presented at the oral hearing, likewise, he is not the one who will receive the highest sentence or can receive for this case, remembering that it is necessary to wait until this Friday to find out if he will be tried or not.
As for Karim Zenati, other of those accused of these events are requesting two years in prison and a fine of 5,000 euros, while for the central axis of this case, Mustapha Zouaoui, they are requesting four years in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros.
While for Youanes Houass and Axel Angot, who are the other two defendants, sentences very similar to the previous ones are being requested.
All of them already have a criminal record and some have even been imprisoned at least once.
This is how Valbuena's defense is asking for a total of 150,000 euros in damages to the player.
"Valbuena case" Blackmail by sex video
This case has been one of the most famous in France, an inconvenience that cost the Real Madrid striker his expulsion from the French team for five years, thus missing competitions such as the European Championship and the World Cup.
It all started in 2015, when Valbuena received a call during a training session with Les Bleus, where they informed him that they had a sex video where the protagonists were his wife and him, so as not to publish it, he would have to pay a sum of 150,000 euros, or it would be disclosed on social media.
A sum of money that now is Valbuena who asks the extortionists, assuring that he has suffered psychological damage from said threats.
Benzema is just as guilty
Although Karim Benzema was not the one who made that call, he was the spokesman for the blackmailers, who advised Valbuena to pay that sum of money so that the video would not come to light.
As a defense, the France striker has said that he only said it to advise his friend at the time, so he tried to help him more not to force him or pressure him to pay, as the victim really took it.
However, during one of his presentations to the prosecution Benzema affirmed that he had seen the sexual video and even made it known to his partner, but despite this, Benzema later denied everything. Valbuena believes that Karim is just as guilty as the other four, so he asks for justice.
For now, the court is studying whether the Real Madrid striker has been only a direct intermediary for the extortionists or if he only did it to be in favor of Valbuena and advise him, as he has expressed it.
Evidence involving Karim Benzema
This is a case that has become much more important because it involves Benzema, as has been made known by the prosecution, who believes that he is a person who should transmit good values and not be involved in these types of events.
However, there is some evidence that could show that Karim Benzema was aware of what was happening and that he only wanted to pressure Valbuena into paying that sum of money. Some tests are as follows:
Talk about Valbuena like a fag
The prosecutor has made known an alleged conversation of the French forward: "He talks about him (Valbuena) as if he were a fagot, he points out that he is pale and that he is panicky when he looks for him, he makes him believe that he has already seen the video to give credibility to the extortionists. Benzema has offered himself as an intermediary to reach the player directly. That is not a help, it is something malicious. It does not matter that Benzema does not need money, but what he has done is a crime. "
Benzema was aware of what was happening
The prosecutor continues with "It is a benevolent intervention, he (Benzema) was aware that it was blackmail. He supported him, he was part of that strategy, he joins the strategy and speaks saying" we. In this way they have tried to show that Benzema posed as a good partner and wanted to help the victim.
Valbuena's lawyer charges against Benzema
The victim's lawyer assures that the white striker has acted as a godfather in all this strategy, so he has wanted to give an element of credibility and authority.
"It is Karim Benzema, your teammate in France, who comes to you suddenly and tells you I have a solution. It is a mafia talk. This whole case generated a strong discussion between both teammates." Commented the lawyer.
He also added: "Benzema is in the case, Mathieu knows that he and the French team are committed, He prayed until the end of October so that all this would not come to light, he would already compromise the France team and Benzema, whom Valbuena considers a great athlete".
Benzema's lawyer insists on his innocence
Finally, the Real Madrid player's lawyer, Aitre Antoine Vey, insists that he is innocent and that is how he has affirmed today that he has nothing to do with blackmail and that he still does not understand what he is doing involved in this shameful situation.
Benzema's lawyer has said the following: "It is a matter that from day one has had a great impact on both sides. All the judicial information has been obtained through press leaks. Everyone has known about Benzema's alleged partition more for the press than for Valbuena himself ".
"Beyond all this, it is a case in which the defendant has always remembered and pointed out his innocence in the case. He does not get directly involved in the exchanges that do concern the other defendants. He only intervened in a single conversation with Mr. Valbuena, with the intention of advising him so that he could emerge unscathed from the sextape. His presence as a defendant cannot be explained". Aitre Antoine Vey finished.