France striker Karim Benzema handed suspended prison sentence in sex-tape trial

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Benzema denied the charges and was facing up to five years in prison. The French striker also did not come to trial and was tried in his absence.

Paris: French striker Karim Benzema was on Wednesday given a one-year suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of blackmailing his former France international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

According to a report by Goal.com, Benzema has also been fined 75,000 euros for his role in the criminal scheme. The France striker was indicted in a trial last month for his involvement in blackmailing his France teammate Valbuena over a sex tape five years ago.

“We are deeply shocked by this decision. An appeal is necessary. At the end of this appeal, he will be acquitted,” Goal.com quoted Benzema’s lawyer as saying.

Earlier, Benzema had denied the charges and was facing up to five years in prison. The French striker also did not come to trial and was tried in his absence.

First published:November 24, 2021, 4:48 PM

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