It is expected that the verdict will be issued on Friday in this case, as Benzema was absent from the second day of his trial – Thursday – and was described as arrogant because of that, according to the head of the court, who said: “I see it as an arrogant act that he is not here and that we do not have many sources presented to us regarding this element.” from trial.”
This comes despite the fact that the French star’s legal team made it clear to the court in Versailles during the first day of this trial – Wednesday – that his presence is considered impossible due to his professional obligations.
Benzema played with Real Madrid in Ukraine against Shakhtar the night before the first day of the trial, where he participated in the team’s 5-0 victory and scored the last goals, and now he is training with the team in preparation for the Clasico match against Barcelona on Sunday in the Spanish League.
Investigators say that Benzema encouraged Valbuena to pay a group of blackmailers to keep his sexual registration out of sight, while the Real Madrid striker denied any wrongdoing, and his legal team considered the charge against him absurd.
Valbuena himself is absent from the trial because he is busy with German Eintracht Frankfurt against Olympiacos in the European League today.
According to Radio Monte Carlo, the verdict will be issued tomorrow, as Benzema faces a maximum prison sentence of 5 years.
Benzemas lawyer insists on his client’s complete innocence of this act, stressing that all he has to do in this case is one audio recording of a conversation between him and Valbuena, during which he advised him to prevent this blackmail recording from spreading, stressing that it does not interfere with the parties to the criminal behavior under discussion in the trial. .
Benzema lost his position in the French national team for a long time because of this issue, as he missed the 2018 World Cup, which was crowned by the roosters, before returning in Euro 2020 that was held last summer, and later winning the European Nations League with the national team.
It is noteworthy that the events of the case date back to June 2015, when Valbuena received a threatening call while he was in the camp of the French national team, during which the caller said that he wanted to reach an agreement with him and demanded that he nominate a mediator of his choice, and the prosecution accuses Benzema of being this mediator, and that he was recruited for this task by blackmailers to persuade His teammate paid, leaving the Real Madrid striker accused of complicity in the operation.