The defendant – a priest – provided accommodation to irregular migrants in the Parish Centre of Montreynaud (France), property of the diocesan association, the president of which was the Bishop of Saint Etienne (France).
He was accused of having breached the municipal regulation of 4 February 2013 that determined the closure of the establishment in question. It was argued against the defendant that the Parish Centre did not fully comply with regulations on public safety and sanitation.
In ascertaining the facts, authorities relied much on testimonial evidence, including from the defendant.
The Prosecution demanded a fine of 12 000 Euro. It was argued that the “accommodation policy” favoured by the defendant was an incentive to irregular migration. The Court of First Instance of Saint Étienne acquitted the defendant.
For further details see “History of Proceedings” and “Commentary”.
Note: The case against the defendant was not pursued on grounds of migrant smuggling. However, for the connections it has with this crime type, it is taken and analysed in the context of migrant smuggling.