The investigation into the alleged extortion attempt against the footballer Paul Pogba continues. According to information from Worldbetween Tuesday 13 September and Wednesday 14 September the brother of the French player, Mathias, along with four other people were placed in police custody.
According to a source familiar with the matter, Mathias Pogba, 32, “he intruduced himself”, Wednesday afternoon, “in the investigation department” before being taken into custody. Contacted by The world, Mathias Pogba’s lawyer, Richard Arbib, has not yet responded. Rafaela Pimenta, Paul Pogba’s attorney, also declined to comment.
The police custody of Mathias Pogba and four others constitutes a rebound from the opening, on 2 September, by the Paris prosecutor’s office of“a judicial investigation against X of the charges of extortion with a weapon in an organized gang, kidnapping or kidnapping with release before the seventh day in a gang organized to prepare or facilitate the commission of a crime or a crime and participation to an association of criminals in order to commit a crime “.
On 3 August a preliminary investigation was opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office for “extortion and attempted extortion in an organized gang”. Paul Pogba filed a complaint with the Turin prosecutor on July 16. The Italian authorities therefore warned, on 1uh August, the Paris prosecutor’s office on “events likely to have occurred in France” in connection with this complaint, according to a judicial source.
After the opening of an investigation in France, Paul Pogba was summoned to be heard, at the beginning of August, at the premises of the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime (OCLCO), in Nanterre, in charge of the investigation.
13 million euros
According to elements of his hearing, revealed by Franceinfo and confirmed by The world, the player assured that childhood friends would start putting pressure on him at the end of March, on the sidelines of a French team rally in Clairefontaine (Yvelines). During a visit to Lagny-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne), his hometown, Paul Pogba was allegedly taken by his friends to an apartment in the Paris region.
This is where the latter allegedly reproached him for not having supported them financially. They would then remind him that they had discreetly ensured his safety during his thirteen-year professional career. Two men “armed with assault rifles” And “hooded” he would then have sentenced him to pay the sum of 13 million euros, of which 3 million to be paid immediately.
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