Former French PM acquitted in corruption case
Former French Prime Minister Edouard Balador has been acquitted of corruption charges.
According to the media, the lawyers of the former Prime Minister of France Edouard Balador say that a French court has acquitted his client in the alleged corruption case.
The French Law Court of the Republic (CJR) acquitted him in the case on Thursday, but his former defense minister was sentenced to two years in prison and fined 100,000 euros.
What are the charges?
The two French leaders are accused of “misusing corporate assets” to sell submarines to Pakistan and warships to Saudi Arabia between 1993 and 1995, allegations were made in 2017, at the time. He was the President of France.
The deal involved a bribe of 13 million francs, or about ً 330 million. It is estimated that about 10 million francs were used in the failed 1995 presidential campaign against Balador’s Chirac.
Balador denied any corruption, claiming that 10 million francs were earned from the sale of T-shirts and other items during election rallies.