Pogba case – Brother Mathias Pogba and four men referred, two already incarcerated

Pogba case - Brother Mathias Pogba and four men referred, two already incarcerated

Multimillion-euro racketeering attempts, threatening video, pressure: the implications of the extortion denounced by footballer Paul Pogba are beginning to take shape with the deferral of his older brother Mathias Pogba and four men, two of whom have already been imprisoned Saturday afternoon. The five men, aged 27 to 36, had been presented since Saturday morning to an investigating judge, according to a judicial source, who said that the prosecution had requested the detention of the five suspects.

Late Saturday afternoon, at least three men had already been indicted and two imprisoned. “I regret this decision, even if it was requested to protect him in particular“, reacted Me Romain Boulet who defends a 33-year-old man, imprisoned.He is the victim of manipulation and threats from blackmailers, just like Paul Pogba. It’s a trap that has closed on him“, he estimated.

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The second, aged 36, has already been sentenced twice for acts of a criminal nature, said a source familiar with the matter. He wore a splint during the debate before the judge of freedoms and detention (JLD), ensuring, according to this source, to have been wounded by bullet in an arm within the framework of the Pogba affair.

The investigation is far from over

A third suspect was to pass around 6:30 p.m. in front of the JLD which rules on the detention. During their custody at the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime (Oclco), the suspects said they were “victims of individuals whose names they refuse to give“, explained to theAFP a source close to the investigation. But, “they contradict each other and lie“, affirmed this source.

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The role of Mathias Pogba, 32, who went himself to the investigating service on Wednesday, is not yet “totally clear“, according to the close source. “The investigation is far from over“, she underlined. In a statement released last week, Mathias Pogba, also a professional footballer but in less prestigious clubs, said he was “totally foreign to any extortion maneuver“aiming at his brother.

And in the first hours of his police custody, his lawyer, Me Yassine Bouzrou, had assured that his client disputed “firmly any participation in the acts of forcible confinement and extortion with a weapon“. He nevertheless admitted, in front of the investigators, to be at the initiative of the video having revealed this affair which shakes the world of football two months before the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18). In this video enigmatic, broadcast on August 27, the eldest promised “revelations” on his younger brother.

Paul Pogba, Juventus player, then announced that he had filed a complaint with the Turin (Italy) public prosecutor’s office on July 16, denouncing extortion between March and July 2022 amounting to 13 million euros. Judicial information was opened in Paris on September 2 for, in particular, extortion with a weapon, kidnapping or sequestration in an organized gang and participation in a criminal association.

Pogba paid 100,000 euros out of the 13 million claimed

According The Parisian, Mathias Pogba is also suspected of having pressured his brother’s agent, lawyer Rafaela Pimenta. He would have sent her threatening messages, in particular for her to obtain from Paul Pogba that he pay the sum claimed by his blackmailers. The agent’s complaint for “organized gang extortion” has been joined to the ongoing proceedings, the judicial source confirmed.

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Star of the France team, Paul Pogba told investigators that he was trapped by childhood friends and two hooded men, armed with assault rifles, accusing him of not having helped them financially. Of the 13 million euros claimed, he says he paid 100,000 euros. The 29-year-old midfielder, nicknamed the “Pickaxe”, then claimed to have recognized his brother among the suspects. However, he had estimated, during another hearing, that Mathias was “under pressure“people wanting to extort money from him.

In this case, the name of French football star Kylian Mbappé also appears, reluctantly. According to Paul Pogba, his blackmailers wanted to discredit him by broadcasting messages in which he allegedly “asked a marabout from his family circle to cast a spell” on the PSG striker. The Juve player has denied these allegations.

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