Judge to rule if Chirac too ill to stand trial on corruption charges
Published 05/09/2011 | 05:00
AFTER 14 years of constitutional delays and rearguard action, a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease may mean that the trial of Jacques Chirac on corruption charges that is due to start today may never take place.
A judge in Paris will decide this morning whether to proceed with charges against the former president, who has been diagnosed as suffering from an acute form of the condition.
In a lengthy medical report, sent to the court last week, an eminent French doctor said that Mr Chirac (78) had a neurological disorder which made it impossible for him to answer questions or to brief his lawyers. (© Independent News Services)