Ex-Paris mayor probed for vote-rigging

21st March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 21 (AFP) - Jean Tiberi, who was President Jacques Chirac's nominated successor as mayor of Paris, was placed under judicial investigation Monday in a vote-rigging enquiry.

PARIS, March 21 (AFP) - Jean Tiberi, who was President Jacques Chirac's nominated successor as mayor of Paris, was placed under judicial investigation Monday in a vote-rigging enquiry.

Tiberi, who took over from Chirac in 1995, is suspected of "fraudulent manoeuvres in order to falsify an election."

"I am stupefied because there is absolutely no material evidence against me in the dossier," Tiberi said at the court. "There is just one person making these allegations, and that person's statements cannot be corroborated."

A Socialist city councillor Lyne Cohen-Salal launched the investigation when she claimed that names had been added and removed from electoral rolls ahead of elections in 1995 and 1997.

Tiberi was ousted by the Socialist Bertrand Delanoe in 2001.

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