The former FDP government councilor is on trial again today in Geneva after the first instance conviction.
As of today, the former FDP government councilor Pierre Maudet stands before the Geneva court of appeal. In the first instance he was found guilty of accepting benefits. He had invited himself and his family from the Emirati royal family to the Formula 1 GP in Abu Dhabi, including flights and hotel costs.
Lectures and international podiums
Pierre Maudet’s political career ended last March. As an Independent War he ran for his own replacement election. Although he achieved a repeated result, he missed re-election.
Since then he has mainly devoted himself to one of his favorite topics: cyber crime. From a global cybersecurity company in Geneva, he became director of digital transformation. In this role he gives lectures and takes part in international podiums.
Pierre Maudet spotlight and audience – and also needs self-irony. From the end of November he will be on the theater stage in the Freiburg satirical revue “Fribug”. In western Switzerland it is a tradition to review the past political and social year in a humorous and satirical way in stage spectacles.
As a comedian on the theater stage
Maudet will play himself. In the program he is listed as a participating comedian. He has actually always vehemently defended himself against the accusation that he has degenerated into a joke in Geneva politics. His laughing numbers should protect themselves on the theater stage.
There will be nothing to laugh about from Monday in the Palais de Justice in Geneva. In the first instance, Pierre Maudet was convicted of accepting benefits in the case stated at the beginning. The judge justified the judgment at the time with the fact that Maudet, even if there was no specific counter-deal, accepted the risk that he would have been granted the advantages of the luxury trip – with the aim of influencing him in the performance of his official duties .
The big return in case of acquittal?
The former FDP politician was acquitted on two other points in connection with a political survey. The public prosecutor’s office was too mild, and so they challenged it, as did Maudet, who pleaded for full acquittal.
The trial is eagerly awaited. It is already rumored that if Maudet is acquitted with his own party in the Geneva elections, he wants to return to the political stage in a year and a half.
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