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Pierre Maudet denies collision with another car in court

Geneva State Councillor Pierre Maudet appeared before the Geneva police court on Tuesday. The politician is contesting a fine. This was imposed on him because he allegedly rammed a vehicle from behind with his car and then drove on.

Before the judge, the 45-year-old denied that he had caused a collision in the Les Acacias district on an evening in March 2023. "I am certain that I did not ram a vehicle".

He was on his way home after an election campaign meeting. The State Councillor told the judge that there was heavy traffic in the district after the ice hockey game at Les Vernets ice rink had just finished. "I was driving at walking pace and don't remember having to brake at any point." Nor did anyone come forward to say that anything had happened.

According to media reports, the driver of the damaged car followed Maudet and reported his license plate number to the police. Maudet demanded an acquittal in court. The verdict will be announced next Thursday at 09:00.

The former FDP politician has already stood trial several times. In 2022, he was found guilty by the Federal Supreme Court of accepting benefits in connection with a luxury trip to Abu Dhabi in 2015. In April 2023, the population re-elected Maudet to the cantonal government of Geneva after he failed in the election to replace himself in 2021.

©Keystone/SDA

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