Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) - Former mayor of Geneva, André Hediger, was sentenced 12 October to pay a CHF 1,800 fine for abusing his position as mayor. As mayor he had traffic fines anulled which were given to him, his friends and members of his family over a 10-year period. The accusations ended the Communist politician’s political career. He was the head of the municipal sports and public safety department for 20 years. The trial has taken three and a half years. Hediger’s lawyer said he would appeal.