February 5, 2016 11:13 am

Appeal set against 18-month jail term for ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Thibault

WATCH ABOVE: Lise Thibault is expected to appeal her 18-month prison term for fraud and breach of trust.

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QUEBEC – A lawyer for ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault is expected to be in court Friday to appeal her 18-month prison term for fraud and breach of trust.

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Thibault pleaded guilty Dec. 2014 after a 2007 report by the federal and provincial auditors general revealed she claimed more than $700,000 in improper expenses when she held the vice-regal post.

She was sentenced to the 18 months last September but was freed after spending six nights behind bars.

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Her lawyer, Marc Labelle, has said his client’s case was unique, partly because she is 76, is confined to a wheelchair and has health problems, including anxiety attacks.

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He said last fall the judge who imposed the sentence should have taken those factors into consideration.

The appeal will be heard in Quebec City.

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