Emmanuel Macron’s disgraced former security aide is to stand trial for continuing to use his diplomatic passports after he was sacked from the French presidential palace for beating a protester, reports The Telegraph.
Alexandre Benalla is accused of allegedly illegally retaining the passports and using them to travel to Africa and Israel after his dismissal in July 2018.
He faces charges of forgery, concealment and “unlawful public use of documents justifying a professional status”.
Mr Benalla told French media in August 2018 that he had returned his diplomatic passports to the Elysée Palace but that they were handed back to him in October for unknown reasons.
The government gave a different account, however, saying that he was formally asked to surrender the passports on at least two occasions.
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