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Former US presidential advisor sentenced to 14 days in prison

Published:Saturday | September 8, 2018 | 9:26 AM
George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos arrive at US District Court for his sentencing

George Papadopoulos, a former advisor to United States President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to 14 days in prison.

Papadopoulos, 31, was also fined US$9,500 and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service as well as 12 months of supervised release.

The sentence was handed down in a federal court in Washington DC yesterday.

It comes ten months after Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), which at the time was leading the probe into allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential elections.

Before the sentence was imposed, the former Trump aide told the court he was a "patriotic American" who made a mistake by lying.

He said his "entire life has been turned upside down" and he hoped "for a second chance to redeem myself".

The investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US elections has since been turned over to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Papadopoulos says it has global implications and that “the truth matters."

The Chicago native was a London-based petroleum analyst before he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as a volunteer foreign policy adviser.

Papadopoulos soon made contact with a mysterious Maltese academic, identified as Joseph Mifsud.

The professor reportedly told Papadopoulos the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

He then informed Trump, the Republican presidential candidate at the time, and other members of the campaign's national security team that he could set up a meeting with President Vladimir Putin ahead of the November election.

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