Suspended jail term for Mitterrand son

8th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 8 (AFP) - Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, eldest son of the late French president Francois Mitterrand, was given a suspended jail term of 30 months Wednesday after being found guilty of tax fraud.

PARIS, Dec 8 (AFP) - Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, eldest son of the late French president Francois Mitterrand, was given a suspended jail term of 30 months Wednesday after being found guilty of tax fraud.

The 58 year-old, who once served as his father's advisor on African affairs, was found guilty of non-payment of taxes on consultancy fees of EUR 3 million (USD 4 million) which he received between 1997 and 1999 from businessman Pierre Falcone.

Mitterrand told the court that he was living in Mauritania at the time, but failed to provide evidence that he spent enough time there to escape French taxes.

Mitterrand's trial last month was postponed twice after lawyers said he was suffering from psychological problems. He had been treated in hospital for a sleep disorder and gave evidence in court from a chair.

Falcone is the leading suspect in a separate enquiry into illegal arms sales to Angola, in which Mitterrand is also under judicial investigation.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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