July 19, 2007

THE MOST GRATIFYING PERP WALK:

17-year-old scandal catches up with Chirac (James Sturcke, July 19, 2007, Guardian Unlimited)

Jacques Chirac, the former French president, was today being questioned by a judge over a party financing scandal dating back to when he was mayor of Paris.

Judge Alain Philibeaux was interviewing Mr Chirac as a material witness, judicial officials said, meaning the possibility of criminal charges remained open. The meeting was taking place at the Paris office of Mr Chirac, whose presidential term ended in May, in the presence of his lawyer.

Mr Chirac's presidency was dogged by sleaze allegations from his tenure at Paris city hall but, as head of state, he enjoyed immunity from prosecution and could not be questioned by investigators. That protection ran out after he left office.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 19, 2007 9:05 AM
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