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New EU Justice Commissioner is a convicted fraudster

Sun reports that the EU's new Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot is a "convicted fraudster." Barrot was given an eight-month suspended jail sentence in France in 2000 for swindling government money. He was later pardoned by former French President Jacques Chirac, a close friend. Barrot was never barred from holding public office and failed to declare his past when he joined the European Commission as Transport Commissioner in 2000. The Sun notes that his new job as Justice Commissioner will make him the second most powerful man in the EU, with control over laws on environmental crime, seizure of terrorist funds, copyright and patents across the 27 member states. The Lisbon Treaty will also give him power to dictate how EU countries operate criminal law, policing, courts, rules of evidence, immigration and border controls. He will be paid £160,000 a year. Open Europe is quoted saying, "To say this smacks of poacher turned gamekeeper is an understatement."