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Table: Corruption Cases


Where they stand

JACQUES CHIRAC

President of France since 1995

ACCUSATION: Figures in at least four major corruption investigations, including allegation he used $300,000 in cash from unexplained sources to pay for private trips.

STATUS: Immune from prosecution while in office. Running for reelection next year.

HELMUT KOHL

German Chancellor, 1982-98

ACCUSATION: Maintained secret campaign slush fund.

STATUS: Admitted violation, agreed to pay $140,000 fine. Washed up politically.

DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN

Former French Finance Minister

ACCUSATION: Submitted phony bills for private legal work in mid-1990s.

STATUS: Cleared of charges. Now seen as a contender for Prime Minister.

WOLFGANG SCHAUBLE

Former chairman, German Christian Democratic Union

ACCUSATION: Lied to parliamentary committee during campaign financing probe.

STATUS: Investigation dropped for lack of proof. Could be a candidate for chancellor.

Data: BusinessWeek


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