France: Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of bribery

France: Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of bribery

Former president of france Nicholas Sarkozy He has been sentenced to three years in prison for bribery and illegal influence. Of this, two years will be suspended.

Investigators believe Sarkozy tried to bribe a Supreme Court judge in 2014 to get information about the status of the ongoing investigation against him. With success: The judge, Gilbert Ezibert, is said to have obtained secret information about Sarkozy about the investigation against him. In addition, Ezibert has tried to influence his colleagues in favor of the former president. In turn, Sarkozy is said to have promised to help Riyaz find a favorite place in the princely state. Monaco To make it possible, which he never got.

Sarkozy had previously denied all the allegations and said that he was a victim of lies.

In addition to Sarkozy, Ezibert and Sarkozy’s lawyer Thierry Herzog were also on trial, who are said to have arranged the bribe. in France The case is known as a “wiretapping case” as the judiciary held a telephone conversation between the former president and his lawyer.

Appeal possible

The outstanding year of imprisonment can be converted into a house arrest with an electronic ankle cuff. Sarkozy can also appeal the verdict – he has ten days to do so.

Sarkozy was President of France from 2007 to 2012. The 66-year-old is the first President of France to be accused of corruption. In another case, he was already the former president Jack Chirk In court: He was given two years of probation as mayor of Paris in 2011 for illegally paying party workers from the city’s coffins. Chirac died in September 2019.

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