(Paris) Father Bernard Prenat denied his appeal on Wednesday. Thank God By Franయిois Ozone, the Court of Cassation rejected his appeal.
Although not yet prosecuted in this spectacular case of pedophilia, Priest did justice in early 2019 to request an end to the exploitation of a feature film accused of tampering with innocence.
Inspired by the story of three people who accused the former Scout chapel of abusing them thirty years ago, the film tells the story of their struggle to establish the Law Parole Library Association to bring the case to justice. Condemn the inaction of the church. Awarded at the Berlin Festival, it was a great success in France with over 900,000 entries.
In March 2020, Bernard Prienat was sentenced to five years in prison for countless sexual assaults on the Leon Diocese between 1971 and 1991, and finally dropped his appeal last fall.
The year before, in February 2019, two days before the release of the film, a Paris court rejected his request to suspend the release until a final court decision. In June of the same year, it was also dismissed on appeal, and this time it was only concerned about the future of the film on VOD, DVD and internationally as it was not shown in movie theaters. .
Fr. The court confirmed.
“The umption of innocence prohibits a person from being convicted and not only convicted. Alas! The court would have otherwise ruled,” he lamented.E Emmanuel Mercinier-Pontalachi, priest lawyer. “Racial considerations are based on principles. Beyond special interests, this is a violation of fundamental rights.
“This is a very important judgment, because the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of expression have the same standard value,” he said.E Paul-Albert Ivins, one of the product’s advocates, does not see it as an “open door to anything”: the “balance” of these two principles always occurs on a case-by-case basis. », He underlined.