French footballer, Karim Benzema, is suing the nation’s inside minister after the politician stated he had “infamous” hyperlinks to the Islamist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Benzema, 36, filed a case for defamation on Tuesday in opposition to Gérald Darmanin, who he says is responsible of “political exploitation,” the participant’s lawyer stated.
In a 92-page grievance, Benzema stated he “by no means had the slightest hyperlink with the Muslim Brotherhood organisation” nor, to the participant’s data, “with somebody who would declare it”.
The authorized paperwork added: “I realise to what extent I’m, due to my notoriety, being utilized in political video games which might be all of the extra scandalous for the reason that dramatic occasions since 7 October deserve something apart from the sort of declaration.”
Benzema’s lawyer, Hugues Vigier, instructed French information outlet RTL that the footballer is the sufferer of “political exploitation” and accused the inside minister of “sowing division in France”.
The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group of Sunni Muslims, is banned in a number of nations, together with Egypt since 2013, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, the place the previous Actual Madrid striker performs for Saudi Professional League workforce Al Ittihad.
Nonetheless, the Muslim Brotherhood, based in Egypt in 1928, isn’t banned in many of the European Union.
Benzema and Mr Darmanin clashed in October after the participant posted on the social media web site, X, displaying his assist for the folks of Gaza as “victims once more of unjust bombardments which spare neither girls nor youngsters”.
Mr Darmanin, in an interview on French TV channel CNews, identified that Benzema had failed to specific comparable sympathy for the estimated 1,300 Israeli victims that Hamas killed on 7 October.
The previous French striker, he stated, was “well-known for his hyperlinks with the Muslim Brotherhood”.
“We’re preventing the hydra that’s the Muslim Brotherhood as a result of it creates an environment of jihadism,” the minister added.
Benzema, a practising Muslim, shortly issued a denial and threatened authorized motion in opposition to the minister for slander.
Mr Darmanin is but to touch upon the grievance.
He has beforehand criticised Benzema for different causes, together with his refusal to sing the French nationwide anthem earlier than worldwide matches.
Benzema’s case in opposition to Mr Darmanin was filed on the Courtroom of Justice of the Republic (CJR), the one courtroom in France with the ability to prosecute and decide members of the federal government for offences dedicated in the middle of their work.
In 2021, Benzema was handed a one-year suspended jail sentence and fined €75,000 (£63,000) for his half in a intercourse tape blackmail scandal in opposition to his French teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
He was suspended by the French nationwide workforce when the affair got here to mild in 2015.