Even if to be expected, the verdict was like a hammer blow. Pierre Maudet, his notebook still in his hands, stopped writing when he heard the president of the Police Court convict him of accepting an advantage for the now famous trip to Abu Dhabi. The decision underlines the astronomical amount of this gift and the atmosphere of cronyism that surrounded the invitation. It also retains the fact that the Minister was aware of the risk of seeing himself thus influenced in the future exercise of his functions and had accepted it. The sentence, which was not at stake in this trial, is set at 300 suspended fine days. The magistrate is also ordered to pay a compensatory claim of 50,000 francs in favor of the State of Geneva.