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Chirac trial to go ahead without the star defendant

Chirac trial to go ahead without the star defendant
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The corruption trial against Jacques Chirac is to go ahead – although the former French president is too ill to attend.

The judge has accepted a request by the 78-year-old that he be represented by his lawyers. Earlier in the day the prosecution had said they were happy for the trial to continue.

According to Chirac’s doctors, the former Head of State suffers memory lapses and other symptoms that could indicate the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Chirac has been liable for trial since his presidency ended in 2007 and with it his presidential immunity from prosecution.

The case – in which Chirac is one of 10 defendants – revolves around allegations of illegal party funding during the nearly two decades when he was mayor of Paris.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in jail.

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