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Pierre Falcone, one of the main suspects in the 'Angolagate' trial
AFP / Martin Bureau
Prominent political and business figures are standing trial in a Paris court today as part of the Angolagate arms-for-oil trial. Some 20 people are appealing against guilty verdicts for having organised or facilitated the sale of arms worth over 580,000 euros to Angola in the 1990s.
Franco-Angolan businessman, Pierre Falcone, and former French interior minister, Charles Pasqua were among those present.
One of the main suspects, the Russian-born Israeli tycoon Arkadi Gaydamak, was absent, having also failed to turn up to the trial in 2009.
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Both Gaydamak and Falcone previously received six-year prison sentences without possibility of parole. Falcone was immediately taken into custody by police at the courtroom, while Gaydamak was convicted in absentia.
The former judge Jean-Charles Marchiani, who was previously a chief advisor to Pasqua, is also appealing.