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Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, and his wife, Penelope Fillon, arriving at the Palais de justice de Paris, June 29, 2020 to attend the judgment.

Former Prime Minister François Fillon was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison, including two years in prison, for embezzlement of public funds in the fictitious job case of his wife Penelope, a scandal that put an end to his campaign for the 2017 presidential election. His wife is found guilty of complicity and concealment.

Justice has ruled in the Fillon case. Monday, June 29, the Paris criminal court found François Fillon guilty of embezzlement of public funds in the fictitious jobs case of his wife Penelope. The scandal caused a stir in 2017 and parasitized his campaign for the presidential election, at the end of which he came in third position.

François Fillon was sentenced to five years in prison, two of which were closed. The criminal court, which did not issue a warrant, attached this sentence to a fine of 375,000 euros and a 10-year ineligibility sentence.

Penelope Fillon is found guilty of complicity and concealment of embezzlement of public funds. She was sentenced to a three-year suspended prison sentence and a 375,000 euro fine and to two years of ineligibility.

The Fillon spouses and their co-accused Marc Joulaud, the former substitute for François Fillon in Sarthe, were also ordered to reimburse more than one million euros to the National Assembly.

The judgment was delivered in the early afternoon, after the tacit rejection of the defense’s requests to reopen the proceedings to shed light on possible “pressures” during the investigation. The Fillon spouses indicated that they were appealing their conviction.

Author: France 24 – Webnews

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