He will return his tricolor scarf without waiting for the decision of the Constitutional Council, which had been seized of a request for forfeiture of his mandate on July 21 by the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti. In a long message published on his Facebook page, the LREM deputy for the 1st district of Ille-et-Vilaine Mustapha Laabid announced his resignation on Monday. “There, it’s over,” writes the chosen one. The mission entrusted to me by my fellow citizens ends prematurely. I am resigning from my mandate as deputy ”.
Symbol of the new generation of deputies from civil society elected in 2017 in the wake of Emmanuel Macron, Mustapha Laabid has been caught in the legal turmoil for two and a half years. The elected walker was sentenced in November 2020 to three years of ineligibility as well as an eight-month suspended prison sentence and a 10,000 euros fine. He had been found guilty of having used for personal purposes funds of the association of assistance to the insertion Collectif Intermède which he directed until his election in 2017. The damage concerned a sum of a little less than 22,000 euros, including nearly 13,000 euros in food expenses. On June 17, the Court of Cassation rejected Mustapha Laabid’s appeal, rendering his conviction final.
“An expeditious and non-standard treatment”, according to him
Two and a half months later, the deputy is still struggling to accept the court decision, denouncing “an expeditious and non-standard treatment”. “There is no doubt that elected officials must be exemplary during the exercise of their mandate,” writes Mustapha Laabid. But through anonymous denunciations, a vague and dangerous notion of the retroactivity of probity and transparency seems to be emerging ”.
The elected goes on to indicate that “we prosecute and judge more severely someone, who has become elected, on his professional or personal activities prior to his election. In fine, elected officials are asked to have been completely virtuous even before standing for election. Thus, we leave the only legal camp, the rule and the law to return to morality. To the equality of litigants before the law, we are imperceptibly inventing a new category of citizens who would have fewer rights than others once they have become elected ”.
The deputy’s seat will remain vacant until the next election
Upon the announcement of his conviction, Mustapha Laabid said he was the victim of a cabal on the part of certain local elected officials “who all agreed to try to tear me off my deputy’s scarf”. He returns to the charge again in his message, believing that “there was the Laabid affair because Mustapha Laabid became a deputy”. “Remained simple association manager, there would never have been any denunciation and even less mobilization of Tracfin”, he assures, then returning in his message to the fifteen years of his life devoted “to helping the most in difficulty of us “. “And that, nobody will take it away from me,” he emphasizes.
Following the resignation of Mustapha Laabid, the post of deputy for the 1st constituency of Ille-et-Vilaine will remain vacant until the next legislative elections scheduled for June 12 and 19, 2022.