Pogba case: A fifth suspect remanded in custody

A fifth man was remanded in custody on Tuesday in the Pogba case. He had requested time to prepare his defense before the debate before the judge of freedoms and detention (JLD), which took place on Tuesday. His lawyer declined to comment. He is one of five suspects – Paul Pogba’s brother, Mathias, and four relatives of the Pogba brothers aged 27 to 36 – indicted on Saturday in this incredible case, which has shaken the Blues and more broadly the world of football for two months. before the World Cup in Qatar.

It started with a complaint filed on July 16 with the prosecutor’s office in Turin (Italy) by Paul Pogba. But the facts did not come to light until the publication on August 27 of an enigmatic video of Mathias Pogba, himself a 32-year-old professional footballer, who promised “revelations” about his brother. During his police custody, he was recognized to be on the initiative, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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He was indicted for extortion in an organized gang and participation in a criminal association and remanded in custody. For the facts of kidnapping on the night of March 19 to 20, he was placed under the more favorable status of assisted witness. The four other suspects were indicted in particular for extortion with a weapon, kidnapping in an organized gang and association of criminal criminals and detainees in pre-trial detention.

In front of the investigators, Paul Pogba said he was trapped by childhood friends and two hooded men, armed with assault rifles, accusing him of not having helped them financially. The star of the France team then admitted having recognized his brother among the suspects. However, he had demonstrated, during another hearing, that Mathias was “under pressure“people wanting to extort money from him.

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