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
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.