France on Friday launched a legal investigation into claims by World Cup winner Paul Pogba that he’s the sufferer of a multi-million euro blackmail plot by gangsters involving his brother, the Paris prosecutor stated.
Two investigating magistrates have been appointed to guide the probe, prosecutor Laure Beccuau stated in a press release.
Primarily based on the findings of a preliminary investigation launched final month it’s going to look at allegations – for now towards individuals unknown – together with blackmail by an armed gang, kidnapping and membership of a legal conspiracy, she stated, confirming a weekend assertion from a judicial supply.
Pogba's allegations got here after his brother Mathias revealed a weird video on-line – in 4 languages (French, Italian, English and Spanish) – promising "great revelations" concerning the Juventus star.
In response to two sources near the Pogba household contacted by AFP, giant sums of cash are being demanded from Paul Pogba if he needs to keep away from the dissemination of allegedly compromising movies.
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France Information reported that Paul Pogba informed investigators he had been threatened by "childhood friends and two hooded men armed with assault rifles".
They’re demanding 13 million euros ($13 million) from him for "services provided", it stated.
Pogba defined to investigators that his blackmailers needed to discredit him by claiming he requested a marabout (holy man) to forged a spell on the Paris Saint-Germain and France star Kylian Mbappé, which Pogba denies.
The investigation is dealt with collectively by the French police's anti-gang and central crime models.
A number of individuals, together with Pogba's mom, have already been interviewed by police, a judiciary supply informed AFP.