French court suspends Chirac graft trial

8th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A French court Tuesday suspended the trial of former president Jacques Chirac, charged with embezzling public funds as mayor of Paris in the 1990s, following a constitutional challenge.

Presiding judge Dominique Pauth ordered the trial suspended so that constitutional authorities can examine whether certain charges in the case are still admissible despite having taken place nearly two decades ago.

He proposed that the trial be rescheduled for a date "around June 20."

Pauthe said he was suspending the trial while the question is examined by an appeals court which may refer it to the constitutional court -- a process that may take several months.

© 2011 AFP

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