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Slovenia court upholds corruption sentence for former PM

[JURIST] A Slovenian appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction and two-year sentence of former prime minister Janez Jansa [personal website]. Jansa was convicted of corruption [JURIST report] in June along with two others for soliciting bribes while signing a defense contract with the Finnish company Patria for a supply of armored vehicles. Investigators believe that Jansa and his accomplices expected to receive €21 million. The two defendants with Jasna were sentenced to 22 months in prison, and all three were fined €37,000. Jansa may still appeal to a higher court [AFP report].

Jansa served as the prime minister in 2004-2008 and in 2012-2013. His party was ousted in a no-confidence vote in February 2012 after he was accused of corruption. Slovenia has been plagued by severe economic problems and widespread allegations of corruption.

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