Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Liberian president Weah's son sentenced over 'Ibiza-style' parties

 The son of Liberia's ex-footballer president, George Weah, has been handed a six-month suspended jail sentence by a French court for "Ibiza-style" parties at his home in an upmarket Paris suburb.


George Weah Junior, 33, was also ordered to pay 20,000 euros (24,000 dollars) to his neighbours after more than two years of parties that were described as "unbearable" by one plaintiff's lawyer.

Weah, also a former footballer, acknowledged the disturbances in court but said they were "without intention to cause harm", according to a statement from the court in Versailles, south west of Paris, following the sentencing last Friday.

The suspended prison sentence was longer than expected, but lawyer Ludovic Tardivel, acting for one of Weah's neighbours, called it "justified" and "an example."

"My clients have suffered more than two years of parties as if they were in a nightclub, Ibiza-style... we're not talking about little evenings between friends," Tardivel told AFP.

Weah was arrested in Paris in February at a party in a rented apartment in central Paris in breach of a nation-wide curfew that is in place in France because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The arrest, allegedly for verbally abusing police officers, led to revelations in the French media about complaints from his neighbours in the normally quiet suburb of Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

"Every time the police come for the noise, he gets his diplomatic passport out," one unnamed neighbour told Le Parisien newspaper in February.

Others recounted evenings of loud electronic music at the 150 m2 apartment, drunken shouting from the balcony, as well as aggressive behaviour.

Another neighbour described the parties as "boom-boom music, with girls and champagne."

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