Gomis has left the police station in Paris after giving a statement to the judicial police on charges of "terror propaganda" for a post criticizing Israel's occupation policy.
The former basketball player is awaiting information on how the Paris Prosecutor's Office will proceed with the "terror propaganda" charge.
Answering AA reporter's questions at the exit of the police station after giving a statement for about two hours, Gomis said that he "paid the price" for speaking about the geopolitical situation in Gaza.
Gomis said, "It is a sensitive and transcendent issue. We must be ready to bear the consequences."
"I am not pro-violence"
Commenting that he made a mistake by not explaining what his Instagram post meant, Gomis continued:
"I admit, I based it on a question to draw the attention of social media users to the tragedy of October 7 and more.
The question is: 'Why did this happen?' You have to dig deeper to understand. Misfortune doesn't come this way and I'm not trying to justify it, I condemn any act of violence, I'm not pro-violence but it's important to understand the context to explain that there is another way than violence."Gomis, who said he had to exercise his "right to remain neutral" because he was the Paris Olympic Ambassador at the time of the post, expressed regret that the controversy over his post allowed his critics to attack the organization of the Paris Olympic Games.
Stating that he had to exercise his "right to remain neutral" because he was serving as the Paris Olympic Ambassador at the time of his post, Gomis expressed regret that the controversy over his post allowed his critics to attack the organization of the Paris Olympic Games.
"My client has never incited terrorism or any act of violence"
Gomis' lawyer Vincent Brengarth argued that his client should not have been summoned to testify, pointing to a clear disproportionality in the treatment of Gomis.
"My client has never incited terrorism or any act of violence. No one believes that Emilie Gomis intended to incite an act of violence."Brengarth said Gomis should be proud that he was an Olympic champion and that the former basketball player should not be dragged into a disproportionate judicial procedure.
Gomis, who once played for Fenerbahçe, posted a post on his Instagram account on October 9, 2023 criticizing Israel's occupation policy, which included a map of French territories on three different dates: 1947, 1967 and 2023. In these maps, it was seen that the Israeli flag replaced the French flag over time.
Last month, the Paris Olympic Committee dismissed Gomis from his post as "Paris Olympic Ambassador" on the grounds that he acted "contrary to the obligation of neutrality" due to his post.