Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas has been jailed for six months in the country's biggest sleaze scandal in recent history.
The 78-year-old judge and close confidant of the late President Francois Mitterrand was found guilty of illegally receiving funds from oil giant Elf Aquitaine between 1989 and 1992.
His ex-lover, Christine Deviers-Joncour, and two top Elf executives were also jailed for misusing funds in the embezzlement scandal.
The trial that has gripped the nation focused on allegations of corruption arising from the $9m which Elf is said to have paid to Ms Deviers-Joncour for her work as a consultant and lobbyist in support of the firm's world-wide sales effort.
Roland Dumas was cleared in January 2003.
His initial trial and sentence were widely regarded in France as a sign the French government was ready to rid itself of corruption.
But subsequent attempts to prosecute politicians collapsed. In October 2001 President Jacques Chirac won his right to maintain immunity from prosecution on allegations of misappropriating public funds.
In the same month prosecutors dropped their case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn - the popular former finance minister in Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's cabinet - for forgery and misappropriation of funds.
Heiwa wrote:Is anybody interested what happened then? To DSK! Was DSK ever condemned anywhere for anything? Andf why is it? That he was never condemned for anything?
After completing a lengthy investigation, prosecutors filed a motion to drop all charges against Strauss-Kahn, stating that they were not convinced of his culpability beyond a reasonable doubt due to serious issues in the complainant's credibility and inconclusive physical evidence, and therefore could not ask a jury to believe in it. The motion was granted by Judge Obus in a hearing on August 23, 2011. In a TV interview in September, Strauss-Kahn admitted that his sexual encounter with the maid was "a moral fault" and described it as "inappropriate" but that it "did not involve violence, constraint or aggression". New York Times reported that his semen was found on her clothing.[69
In my mind, he was set-up to take the fall for something; he's merely a patsy. So no surprise he isn't now going to the lock-up.
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