The French judiciary approved the three-year prison sentence against Nicolas Sarkozy on charges of corruption

The French judiciary approved the three-year prison sentence against Nicolas Sarkozy on charges of corruption. (Reuters)

The French judiciary ruled this Wednesday before the Court of Appeal before Former President Nicolas Sarkozy (2007-2012) to Three years in prisonincluding what is mandatory, l Corruption and abuse of influences in the “listening” state.

The judges imposed the same prison sentence as in the first instance in March 2021. Then he became the former conservative president First ex-president He was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment.

Sarkozy is 68 years old and to whom He was also denied the right to vote for three yearsHe listened to the decision from the dock of the defendants in the Paris court with a tense face.

Although Sarkozy has always denied his guilt, the only avenue left for him is the Supreme Court to prove it. You have five days to file this appeal.

The case dates back to the beginning of 2014, when the justice system was listening in on the former president’s phones in another investigation into allegations. Libyan funding for his 2007 campaign.

Although Sarkozy has always denied his guilt, the only avenue left for him is the Supreme Court to prove it. You have five days to file this appeal. (Reuters)

Then the researchers found out The existence of a third phone line under the pseudonym “Paul Bismuth”Which helped him to speak without fear of being heard with his lawyer and friend Thierry Herzog.

According to the accusation, both of them are in this way organized by A Corruption agreement with Gilbert Azibertprosecutor at the Court of Cassation, who was going to offer his assistance in a case in exchange for a prestigious position in Monaco.

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Sarkozy Then he wanted the Supreme Court to overturn it His presidential notes were confiscated In an investigation into the misuse of the weakness of the L’Oréal heiress, Lillian Bettencourt.

Throughout the trial, the defense is led by counsel Jacqueline Lafonthe denounced an accusation based on “quicksand” of “illegal” wiretapping and lacking “evidential value”.

Herzog and Azibert They were also sentenced to Three years in prisonone of obligatory compliance, to weave “Corruption pact “with Sarkozy In 2014. The former will also not be able to practice law for three years.

The former head of state will not go to prison because the court determined in his ruling that he could serve the sentence under house arrest and with an electronic bracelet. (EFE)

This case is not the only one against him. The prosecution called for the trial of the former president and 12 other people YesYou doubt the financing of his victorious campaign In 2007 by the Libyan regime Muammar Gaddafi.

As of November 2023, Husband of Singer, Model and Actress Carla Bruni It will also be retried in this case Bygmalionwhich also earned him a year in prison in the first place.

(with info from EFE and AFP)

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