In the largest financial corruption scandal of the century, the
French public discovered in November that the government have been
accepting bribes to cover up the dire financial situation of the
Panama Canal Company. Now the trial of Ferdinand de Lesseps and his
associates for corruption opens in Paris. They are sentenced to
time in prison, but in June these are overruled by the cour de
cassation on the grounds that the crimes which this punishes had
been committed more than three years previously.
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Editors. "Corruption trial over Panama Canal opens". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19090, accessed 23 June 2017.]