Manafort is sentenced to 47 months in prison, to notify a court outside the nation's capital Washington DC. Judge T S Ellis justified his mild judgment to a harsher punishment would put an unwanted divergence against other, similar cases.
Manafort was convicted in August of last year on eight charges relating to economic crime, including bank fraud and tax evasion.
Before the judge T S Ellis publication of the sentence rolled 69-year-old Manafort into court in a wheelchair. dressed in a green fånguniform with the words "Alexandria Inmate" ("Prisoner in Alexandria") on the back. He admitted before the court that it was his own behavior that led to his conviction, but he wanted to at the same time do not apologize for their actions. He asked, however, that the court would show mercy and compassion, which then also took place.
"The last two years have been the hardest in my and my family's life," said Manafort to Ellis.
To say that I feel humiliated and ashamed, would be a big understatement.
within the framework of the special prosecutor Robert mueller's so-called Rysslandsutredning, about the Russian influence on the election campaign in 2016 and, possibly, the relations between Trumpkampanjen and Moscow.
in Parallel, Mueller and his colleagues further proceedings against Manafort including conspiracy against the state, vittnespåverkan and failure to register as a foreign agent.
In that case went Manafort in the fall, with the recognition of certain crimes and cooperate with investigators and the FBI against strafflindring. The cooperation was interrupted, however, in november, when the investigators could demonstrate that Manafort lied. The lies concerned, among other things, contacts with Manaforts former business partner Konstantin Kilimnik, who are suspected of having links to Russian intelligence. Judgment in the case is expected later in march.
When it comes to the first goal, the prosecutors recommended sentence of between 19 and 24 years. Manaforts lawyers, has vehemently opposed this, with reference to the 69-year-old is a förstagångsförbrytare that is "truly remorseful" and whose health is also reeling after having been locked up for nine months. He is supposed to suffer from gout and a variety of other ailments, reports the public service-channel NPR.
a veteran in republican circles in Washington DC and has worked with the former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush's campaigns. He was Donald Trumps kampanjchef between may and August 2016, but was forced to resign since his work for the proryske Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych has become known.
It was likely one of the many lucrative assignments. Manafort is also renowned for his extravagant lifestyle, including his jacket in the black strutsläder, another in the snake skin, and a pink kritstrecksrandig costume – clothing worth several hundred thousand dollars. Through the years he has put huge amounts on, among other luxury watches, house and garden design.
A number of analysts conclude that Manafort lied to investigators to protect the president, the Trump, and that he hopes to eventually be pardoned. Trump has in connection with the trial, expressed themselves favourably on the Manafort and described him as "a good man". However, the president has repeatedly attacked Rysslandsutredningen and called it a "witch hunt".
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