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Benzema's blackmail case heads for possible final hearing

AFP  |  Paris 

The will re-examine the case against Real Madrid star for his alleged role in the blackmail of fellow international on October 4, sources told AFP today.

The hearing has been awaited since July 2017 when France's highest court, the Court of Cassation, annulled a Versailles decision to send Benzema to trial for allegedly attempting to blackmail over a sex tape and ordered the Paris court to review the original ruling.

The affair began in June 2015 when received a call from a blackmailer who threatened to release an intimate video.

Valbuena contacted the police who assigned an undercover to the case. Investigators accused Benzema of acting as an intermediary between the presumed blackmailers and Valbuena.

Benzema was dropped from the French side before Euro 2016 and has not been recalled.

Benzema and three of the other suspects had asked for the case against them to be dropped.

They say police used "dishonest" methods by posing as a friend of Valbuena's in a with one of the accused and urging the payment of a ransom.

An appeal to the in Versailles in December 2016 failed, but the then annulled that decision and instructed the Paris to hear the case again.

The questioned the legal validity of the recordings of phone conversations which were central to the case against Benzema and the other suspects. The case would be "greatly weakened" but not necessarily completely annulled, said one source close to the case.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:15 IST