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Financial investigation into the “Petit Bar”: lawyer Pascal Garbarini indicted

Pascal Garbarini, in particular lawyer for the alleged leader of the “Petit Bar” criminal gang, has been indicted for “criminal association” in the financial investigation into this criminal group, we learned this Wednesday from the prosecution. from Marseille.

Me Garbarini was also placed under the status of assisted witness for “money laundering”, the public prosecutor of Marseille, Dominique Laurens, told AFP, confirming daily information The world.

This criminal, who defended several alleged members of the “Petit Bar” but also Yvan Colonna at the trial of the assassination of the prefect Claude Erignac, was placed under judicial supervision with the obligation to pay a deposit and a ban on entering contact with the other members of the file, told AFP the specialized interregional jurisdiction (JIRS) of Marseille in charge of investigations concerning the criminal gang.

He had been summoned in mid-May to the Ajaccio gendarmerie where he had been placed in police custody as part of the financial investigation into this criminal group, had then indicated sources close to the file.

Me Garbarini is notably the lawyer for Jacques Santoni, the alleged leader of the “Petit Bar” who was indicted in January 2021, in particular for extortion in an organized gang, aggravated money laundering and association of criminals, in this vast financial investigation.

Investigators were trying to find out if the role played by Pascal Garbarini with his clients was limited to that of their defense lawyer or if he could have been their accomplice, these sources said.

“Cash handling, numerous international financial movements and suspicious real estate investments” were highlighted in this investigation, the prosecutor of Marseille had indicated in mid-January 2021, during a first series of indictments.

In April 2021, people involved in money laundering operations “via bank transfers in China” have been indicted, announced the Marseille prosecutor’s office, for acts committed in France, but also in Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Panama.

These embezzlements relate to “48 million euros of offshore and real estate investments”, according The world.

Pascal Garbarini had already been placed in police custody as part of an investigation targeting this band in October 2013 in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) without any prosecution having been retained.



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