Henri Pierre Desclaux
- Category : 1939-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 1
French attorney, the prosecuting attorney on the case of Maurice Papon (See the case under that name).
It took over 16 years for Papon to stand trial. On 1/12/1997 the Court of Appeal rendered a 269 page accusation against Papon. In brief he was accused of participating at the elaboration of ten deportation convoys from Mérignac to the Drancy camp
The trial opened on 10/08/1997 at 2:00 PM MEDT, Bordeaux, France. Papon was found guilty on 4/01/1998 of ordering the deportation of Jews from occupied France to Nazi Germany, but not of complicity in their murder. He was the most senior Vichy official to stand trial for crimes against humanity. At the trial, Papon's defense was that he was "only following orders," and that he tried to save the deportees from the camps. He filed an appeal and eventually fled the country to be later arrested in Switzerland. On 10/22/1999, he was sent back to France to begin serving a ten-year prison term for crimes against humanity.
Desclaux married on 8/27/1965.