Court asked to dismiss Chirac corruption case

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2011 12:41 PM
Court asked to dismiss Chirac corruption case

Prosecutors have asked a Paris court to dismiss a case of alleged corruption in a trial in which former President Jacques Chirac is the star defendant.

The case centers on the alleged creation of more than two dozen fake City Hall jobs used to fund Chirac's conservative party while he was mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995 _ before he became president for 12 years.

Prosecutors argued Tuesday there was not enough evidence to demonstrate that the jobs were indeed fake.

The court on Monday is expected to set a date for its verdict.

The 78-year-old is facing France's first trial involving a former head of state since World War II. Chirac was immune from prosecution while he was president, and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.