In the U.S., Paul Manafort, the former head of the pre-election campaign of the current U.S. President, has been convicted to a total of seven and a half years in prison for misleading the U.S. government about his foreign lobbying work and for encouraging witnesses to lie on his behalf.
American news agency AP reports that on Wednesday, March 13, in Washington, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected Manafort’s pleas for leniency and rebuked him for misleading the U.S. government about his lucrative foreign lobbying work and for encouraging witnesses to lie on his behalf.
In addition to the crimes, Manafort was also charged on Wednesday with state crimes, including a residential mortgage fraud scheme.
In comment on Wednesday, March 13, U.S. President Donald Trump said he feels «very badly» for his former campaign chairman and insisted he’s not currently considering a Manafort pardon.
The U.S. President has evaluated on the crimes: «On a human basis, it’s a very sad thing.»