Prosecutors demand fine for Benzema in French blackmail trial

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FILE - In this file photo from October 3, 2021, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RCD Espanyol and Real Madrid at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain.  A French court trying an alleged blackmail case involving Karim Benzema and four other defendants expects to deliver its verdict on Friday, October 22, 2021, with the prosecution seeking a 10-month suspended prison sentence and a maximum fine for the attacker of Real Madrid.  Benzema is accused of complicity in the alleged attempt in 2015 to blackmail his France teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape that was allegedly stolen from his cell phone.  (AP Photo / Joan Monfort, file)

FILE – In this file photo from October 3, 2021, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RCD Espanyol and Real Madrid at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain. A French court trying an alleged blackmail case involving Karim Benzema and four other defendants expects to deliver its verdict on Friday, October 22, 2021, with the prosecution seeking a 10-month suspended prison sentence and a maximum fine for the attacker of Real Madrid. Benzema is accused of complicity in the alleged attempt in 2015 to blackmail his France teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape that was allegedly stolen from his cell phone. (AP Photo / Joan Monfort, file)

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A French court trying a suspected blackmail case involving Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and four other defendants will deliver its verdict on November 24.

Benzema, who denies committing wrongdoing, did not attend the trial this week in Versailles which ended on Friday. He is accused of complicity in the alleged attempt in 2015 to blackmail his France teammate Mathieu Valbuena on a sex tape that was allegedly stolen from his cell phone.

Prosecutors have called for Benzema to be fined 75,000 euros ($ 87,000), the maximum allowed for the charge, and a 10-month suspended prison sentence if convicted. The law provides for a maximum of five years’ imprisonment.

The other four defendants were on trial for attempted blackmail.

The defense, in argument on Friday, tried to point out the lack of intention of most of the defendants to extort money and threaten Valbuena.

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