Monday, January 30, 2023

Bruno Martini: what are the charges against the president of the Handball League?

He was part of the legend of French handball. World champion 1995 and 2001, Bruno Martini was placed in police custody on Monday January 24 for “corruption of minors” and “recording of child pornography images”. He was referred to the Paris prosecutor’s office on Tuesday evening. According to information from Le Parisien, Bruno Martini will be sentenced this Wednesday to a one-year suspended prison sentence. He also receives a fine of 2,500 euros and a five-year ban on practicing with minors.

On social networks, the Minister of Sports has shown concern about all the events of recent weeks (Bernard Laporte, Noël Le Graët), but welcomes the reaction of the authorities. “Like everyone this morning, I am deeply shocked by this information which the courts have taken up. The handball authorities quickly mobilized and met at 1 p.m. around an exceptional NHL steering committee, in the presence of the federation French handball, explained on Twitter the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. I have full confidence in the fact that they will take all the necessary decisions, both in terms of disciplinary sanctions and on the future of the governance. “

What are the charges against Bruno Martini?

President of the National Handball League, Bruno Martini had been under threat of an investigation for 2 years. It all starts with the complaint of a 13-year-old teenager in the summer of 2020. The latter told the police that he had been approached on a social network by a man who led him to exchange several selfies and character videos with him. sexual. The man had even offered him a date and paid for a taxi to bring him to him before turning back at the last moment.

After several months of investigation, the investigators discovered Bruno Martini behind the nickname and arrested the former goalkeeper at his Parisian home. His two apartments, in Paris and Montpellier, were searched and his computer equipment was seized. The latter quickly admitted to the investigators having approached the young man, but claims to have believed that he was over 15 years old.

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