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French magistrate held in probe into favouritism for freemasons released





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BBC Monitoring
Europe - Political
June 7, 2001,
LENGTH: 86 words
HEADLINE: French magistrate held in probe into favouritism for freemasons released
SOURCE: Radio France Internationale, Paris, in French
1530 gmt 7 Jun 01

BODY:

Excerpt from report by Radio France Internationale on 7 June

The most senior examining magistrate of Nice city in southeastern France , who was in police custody see item transcribed from France Inter radio at 1100 gmt, has been released.

The public prosecutor's department has not ruled on possible proceedings yet.

The magistrate was questioned for more than 24 hours as part of a preliminary investigation into a fraudulent use of criminal records to benefit the French freemasons' Grand Lodge.


Further Reading:

Freemasonry in France, Belgium (E.U.), Monaco and French Africa