The ultimate blame belongs to Prince Albert II.
I was in Monaco, working for Prince Albert, when he appointed Philippe Narmino (indicted three days ago on corruption charges) to the job of Director of Judicial Services.
It was part of my brief to investigate corruption and to vet Narmino, then a senior judge and Director-General of the Monaco Red Cross.
I revealed my findings to Albert in December 2005—the result of an investigation my intelligence service conducted in liaison with senior officers from Monaco’s police department.
I told Albert that he would live to regret this appointment; that the appointment of Narmino would eventually cast a pall over the principality and seriously damage his reign.