The son of former French president François Mitterrand, Jean-Christophe, and Senator Charles Pasqua (pictured), a former French interior minister, are among those convicted by a Paris court in the "Angolagate" arms-to-Africa trial.
A Paris court on Tuesday handed out verdicts in the Angolagate trial, an arms trafficking scandal involving prominent politicians, businessmen and members of the Parisian elite.
The two main suspects, Russian-born Israeli tycoon Arkadi Gaydamak and French associate Pierre Falcone, both received a six-year prison sentence without possibility of parole. Falcone, 55, was immediately taken into custody by police at the courtroom while Gaydamak was convicted in absentia.
Senator Charles Pasqua, a former French interior minister, has been sentenced to a year in prison without parole and a further two-year suspended jail term. He was also fined 100,000 euros (150,000 dollars). His lawyers said he intends to appeal.
Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, the son of former president François Mitterrand, whom he advised on African matters, got a two-year suspended sentence with a 375,000-euro fine for receiving embezzled funds from the illegal arms sales to Angola.
Paul-Loup Sulitzer, a well-known novelist, also received a 15-month suspended sentence.
Only six of the 42 defendants were acquitted in the trial.
Date created : 2009-10-27