Karim Benzema was found guilty of blackmail Mathieu Valbuena for a sex video

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Footballer Karim Benzema has been found guilty in the Sextape case (Photo: REUTERS)
Footballer Karim Benzema has been found guilty in the Sextape case (Photo: REUTERS)

A court of Versalles declared this Wednesday to Karim Benzema, forward of Real Madrid and of the France team, guilty of complicity in the attempt to blackmail his former teammate Mathieu Valbuena for a sex tape, for which he imposed a sentence of conditional imprisonment of one year in jail, which implies the suspension of compliance, in addition to a fine of 75,000 euros (USD 84,170).

“Karim Benzema became personally involved insistently to try to convince Mathieu Valbuena to meet with his trusted man”, explained the correctional court of Versailles, according to statements released by the newspaper The team.

In the verdict, they considered that Benzema He showed “Some jubilation” and “No benevolence” with Valbuena, to whom he recommended paying an alleged group of blackmailers to keep the recording with explicit sexual content hidden.

Axel Angot, Mustapha Zouaoui, Younes Houas y Karim Zenati, the other four defendants, were also found guilty by the court that passed judgment in the case of the Sextape that rocked French football in 2015. They were given penalties ranging from 18 months in prison conditional until 2 ½ years of mandatory jail.

Benzema was teammates with Mathieu Valbuena in the French national team during the 2014 World Cup (Photo: REUTERS)
Benzema was teammates with Mathieu Valbuena in the French national team during the 2014 World Cup (Photo: REUTERS)

After communicating the sentence of a case that came to light six years ago, the lawyer for the French gunner of the Real Madrid told the press that the 33-year-old will appeal the conviction. The defense considers that the verdict is out of place and will seek his acquittal.

“The reaction is a reaction finally of anger”, assured Sylvain Cormier, one of the attorneys of Benzema, who charged against “A very harsh, unfair penalty and without proof.” The defense assured that the “Intentional element” of the crime.

This decision is unlikely to affect the immediate future of a Benzema going through a great sporting moment. He is one of the favorites to fight for him Golden Ball the next November 29th on Paris. Even this Wednesday, it is likely that he will play with the Real Madrid before him Sheriff Tiraspol from Moldavia in a match corresponding to the Date 5 of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Following his preliminary indictment in November 2015, he had been removed from the French national team by the coach Didier Deschamps and participation in the Euro 2016 and the consecration in the World Cup 2018. Although Deschamps reconvened this year before the Eurocup and, ever since, he has been a regular in their lineups.

Karim Benzema is one of the figures of Real Madrid this season (Photo: REUTERS)
Karim Benzema is one of the figures of Real Madrid this season (Photo: REUTERS)

The president of the French Football Federation, Christmas Le Graët, already said a few days ago to The Parisian that he could continue in the team even if he was found guilty of being an accomplice in the extortion attempt for a recording of sexual content that is believed to have been stolen from the cell phone of Valbuena.

Benzema constantly denied his involvement in this crime despite the fact that did not appear in court during the trial nor to hear the verdict.

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