Tags: French | court | Chirac | trial

French Court OKs Ex-President Chirac's Graft Trial

Friday, 20 May 2011 10:12 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

PARIS — France's top court ruled on Friday that a trial of former President Jacques Chirac for the misuse of public funds must go ahead, rejecting an earlier move to drop the case.

The long-awaited trial of Chirac and nine co-defendants marks the first time a former French head of state has been tried since 1945, when Marshall Philippe Petain was convicted of treason for collaborating with the Nazis during World War Two.

The trial, which only opened after 11 years of legal wrangling, was postponed in March so that France's Court of Appeals could consider a complaint from a co-defendant that some of the alleged offences were to old to be tried under a statute of limitations.

The delay triggered an outcry from anti-graft campaigners who feared Chirac would get special treatment as a former president.

The 78-year-old, who ruled France for 12 years until 2007, is accused of using public money to pay for phantom jobs for political cronies while he was mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995.

A Paris court is now to decide on June 20 when the trial should resume, with a date in September considered as likely.

Chirac, who remains one of France's most popular politicians, enjoyed immunity from prosecution during his two terms as president.

If found guilty, Chirac could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and could be ordered to pay 150,000 euros ($215,000) in fines. However, a suspended sentence is considered more likely in the event of a conviction.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Missouri Dems: Rand Paul Was Right - Ferguson Looked Like Fallujah

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 22:13 PM

Sen. Rand Paul was right about the dangers of militarizing local police, two Missouri Democratic lawmakers concede.

Gen. Hayden to Newsmax: ISIS Vying for World Dominance With al-Qaida

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 21:26 PM

The Islamic State (ISIS) is competing with al-Qaida and could easily attack the United States to establish itself as the . . .

Romney and Ryan Reunite in Chicago, Call for Fair Probe in Ferguson

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 21:20 PM

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, are reuniting in Chicago in their first j . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved