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French Olympic Committee President Convicted of Corruption Charges


A court in Paris has convicted French Olympic Committee president Henri Serandour on corruption charges and given him a suspended three-month prison sentence. He was also fined $25,000. He says he will appeal.

Serandour, also a member of the International Olympic Committee, was accused of giving two lucrative jobs to a communications company that had hired his wife, former swimmer Catherine Poirot.

The 69-year-old Serandour faces possible suspension and expulsion from the IOC following Thursday's verdict in a Paris criminal court, which convicted him of "illegally taking advantages."

Prosecutors had sought a six-month suspended sentence in the trial, which began in June.

Regarding the renovation of the French Olympic Committee's Web site, Serandour allegedly made arrangements for a company to do the job before competitive bids went out.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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