US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, 69 years old, has been sentenced in Alexandria, Virginia, by a federal judge, to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud.
He must also pay $24m (£18m) in restitution and a $50,000 fine. He was indicted for hiding $55m in offshore bank accounts in Cyprus, money he was paid as a political consultant for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians. The judge declined to give Manafort any credit for accepting responsibility for his crimes. Prosecutors called for between 19.5 and 24 years in prison, which was considered „excessive.” Manafort has been held in solitary confinement for the last nine months at a local jail. His legal team has previously said he suffers from debilitating foot pain resulting from gout as a result of his incarceration.
Manafort was not convicted on 10 other criminal counts in that case, which were deadlocked by the 12-person jury. He is due to be sentenced next Wednesday in another case brought by the special counsel, this time in Washington DC. He pleaded guilty in September to two felony counts, conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Investigators said Manafort had repeatedly lied to the government.