It is a bizarre episode than the testimony of Anne-Gabrielle Heilbronner. A parenthesis in this abracadrabrantesque trial. No doubt his words bring nothing to the tribunal both truths remain deeply buried. But the determination of the small grey woman impresses. Dominique de Villepin knows that the testimony of the wife of Imad Lahoud would have little impact. Nevertheless, he listens to tense. Anne-Gabrielle Heilbronner is part of the same world as him, that of senior officials.
She arrives in his grey password tailor wall, some of his journey without fault, enarque, Inspector of finance, Director of cabinet of Eric Woerth, daughter of François Heilbronner, senior official who was notably Advisor to Jacques Chirac... Yet when she began to speak before the Court, it is struggling to contain her tears. She does not cry. But say that the Clearstream case, she is "a nightmare". In a letter sent to the Court at the opening of the trial and circulated in the press by the latter, the wife of Imad Lahoud ensures released in 2007 the manuscript of her husband, "An ideal guilty", to Philippe Faure, then Secretary-General of the Quai d'Orsay, so that the return to Dominique de Villepin, who had wished to read. It would have then recovered it with instructed her husband to change two passages, embarrassing to former Prime Minister.
"I am not speaking in support of my husband, I Anne-Gabrielle Heilbronner, this is my truth, what I saw", repeats knowing as her husband irons in his successive truths. It deviates not, strange contrast with her husband lies and prevarications. "Philippe Faure asked me the manuscript, he told me that it was for Dominique de Villepin, and when it me made it he told me that Dominique de Villepin wished to remove certain passages", repeats. The rest she wants to know. "I've partitioned to protect my family and my couple so that everything explodes."
Yet, its network of enarque, his career leads him to discuss the case with many politicians, businessmen... But she "built a wall of China" and gradually emerges behind the image of the officer without apparent fault the portrait of a woman, that of Imad Lahoud. Indeed the only time where it explodes it is when the President reads Philippe Faure response to his letter, the dealing with ambitious: "If I was ambitious you think that I'll be stayed with Imad Lahoud throughout this history!", she exclaims.
Several times it will be on the verge of tears, even close to faint when it evokes a viewing date, May 15, 2006: "on May 13. Imad had made a suicide attempt, he was hospitalized for emergency". Non-she does not cry. She drinks a glass of water. Three lawyers of Dominique de Villepin, Jean-Louis Gergorin three the harass questions... She found his combativeness. The quarrels of cabinet, respond she knows... but what to do with her husband who has done the "shit between 2000 and 2004," how to defend it. "I am not his mother", she rebelled. And yet, "I wanted that Imad arises the right questions after this case and it did." I found the man with whom I wanted to make my life when we were young. "The family is not a court". Non-she does not cry. It will be, standing while her husband is sinking.
Embarrassing for Dominique de Villepin, the testimony of Anne-Gabrielle Heibronner however could be devastating for Jean-Louis Gergorin. "Jean-Louis had a very strong grip on Imad, he telephoned at 11: 30 pm evening, Imad rhabillait, and it was..." . "I always thought that Jean-Louis Gergorin was at the centre of it all". I am always asked about the circumstances in which Imad was recruited in EADS. "The role of Imad Lahoud to me disproportionate", she adds protective.
But it is known that it protects the most, she, her husband or his family. The three at the time no doubt. Leaving the Court, Anne-Gabrielle Heilbronner advance a not decided, her husband follows, the same lost air that he go for a walk since the beginning of the case.
LIVETWEET: The hearing live on