French political veteran Pasqua back in court on corruption charges


French Senator Charles Pasqua, 83, is back in court facing corruption charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 10-years.

The allegations are only the latest in a formidable list of charges against the former minister of the interior, and which could prove embarrassing to President Nicolas Sarkozy.

And even if Pasqua is found guilty, it is unlikely he will ever see the inside of a French prison cell while he continues to enjoy immunity as a French senator.

From Monday, France’s Cour de justice de la Republique, a special tribunal that only judges the country’s lawmakers, will consider three separate charges of corruption involving Senator Pasqua

These incidents, the court was told, took place during Pasqua’s second tenure as Minister or the Interior from 1993 to 1995.