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Monaco’s Criminal Court has been told that a 33-year-old Israeli living in Russia kept a wallet containing 12,000 euros he had found in the Fairmont Monte Carlo.
The resident, a father of three, committed the offence last August and was quickly apprehended by the police using video surveillance. When arrested, the defendant said that the wallet had contained 7,500 euros, but added that he was prepared to make up the difference in the two amounts.
He also told the police that he believed the wallet had fallen from his wife’s handbag, although video cameras told a different story. He was alone when he picked up the wallet.
Prosecuting counsel said that the accused earned 15,000 euros a month but had taken advantage of the opportunity to steal 12,000 euros. Prosecutor Cyrielle Colle called for a warning from the court and a fine corresponding to his monthly income to give him cause for reflection.
Defence counsel said that the defendant – absent from the hearing – was an honest businessman who suffered from a moment of weakness.
The court decided on a suspended prison sentence of 15 days.
The architecturally exciting new home of the International University of Monaco has been officially inaugurated by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and National Council President Stéphane Valeri.
A new photo book paying tribute to the 126 people who work behind the scenes at the Prince’s Palace and his private home, Roc Agel, has been released.
Prince Albert has joined a gathering of the entire Red Cross Movement in Geneva for a conference under the theme: ‘Acting today to shape the world of tomorrow’.
Monaco now has four new Ambassadors from Belarus, Malayia, Mali and the European Union.
TMC, the Monegasque national broadcaster, has confirmed that Monaco will not participate in the forthcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, joining Turkey, Luxembourg and Andorra on the list of countries that will not take part in the contest, to be held in Portugal. Monaco made its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1959 and has won the contest once, in 1971, with Severine‘s “Un banc, un arbre, une rue”. Even though the Principality won the competition, it did not host the event the following year. Monaco competed in every single edition of the contest religiously from 1959 to 1979. Monaco withdrew from the competition in 1980 and did not return to the contest until 2004 when the semi-final system was introduced in the Eurovision Song Contest. Monaco continued participating in 2005 and 2006. The country failed to qualify to the grand final on all three occasions and withdrew from the contest in 2007 and has not returned since. The last time Monaco graced the Eurovision stage was 11 years ago, namely in 2006 when Severine Ferrer treated viewers to the tropical sounds of La coco dance. The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on May 8, 10 and 12, 2018, in Lisbon. The final list of the 2018 Eurovision participating countries is expected to be released by the European Broadcasting Union later during the year.