The Paris tribunal went beyond the requisitions of the public prosecutor, who had requested 4 years in prison at trial at the beginning of march.
The ex-businessman Pierre Botton, who had been involved in a resounding politico-financial case of the 1990s, was sentenced Tuesday to 5 years in prison for abuse of social goods in particular, and an arrest warrant has been issued.
Pierre Botton, 65, was acquitted for a part of the facts, but convicted of breach of trust, embezzlement, forgery and money laundering of tax fraud. The Paris tribunal went beyond the requisitions of the public prosecutor, who had requested 4 years in prison at trial at the beginning of march. It added the prison sentence of a fine of 150 000 euros, and a final prohibition to lead a company or an association.
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on appeal was Sentenced in 1996 for abuse of social goods, Pierre Botton then spent 20 months in prison. At his exit, he had decided to found an association to improve the conditions of detention and combat recidivism. Following an investigation opened in 2017, however, he again appeared before the justice, believed to have recovered improperly and for personal use part of the money to his companies and of the association. He vigorously proclaimed his innocence.
His ex-wife and former president of the association relaxed
Pierre Botton has "seriously undermined the public order, economic and private the State of the perception of a lot of money," said the president of the tribunal. These facts are "all the more intolerable to the social body because they have been committed by a person highly publicized", he added.
The former president of the association, Anne-Valerie Noir, ex-wife of Pierre Botton, was partially acquitted, but sentenced to 18 months suspended for acts of breach of trust. The prosecution had requested a one-year suspended sentence against him.
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Young business man in the 1980s, Pierre Botton was the campaign director and son-in-law of Michel Noir, who was a minister in the RPR mayor of Lyon. He was sentenced for abuse of social goods in a case so explosive to the sides of Anne-Valerie Noir, the mayor of Cannes Michel Mouillot and the journalist Patrick Poivre d'arvor in particular.
In the years 2000, the association de Botton, "Together against recidivism", which received the support of major companies and personalities from the sports and entertainment. He has led a series of projects in prison, becoming an interlocutor of the public authorities.