On Wednesday, the French judiciary approved the three-year prison sentence against former President Nicolas Sarkozy In the framework of the case of corruption and influence peddling in the wiretapping conspiracy, after the president appealed the ruling issued at the beginning.
For Sarkozy, two out of the three years of his sentence were suspended, for attempting to take advantage of his status as former head of state to obtain judicial advantages in another case open against him. The ruling also stated that the former president may serve the sentence under house arrest and with an electronic bracelet, and not behind bars, but also imposes three years of deprivation of his civil rights, and for this reason he will not be able to run for it. elected office.
His attorney, Jacqueline Lafont, announced that they would appeal to the Supreme Court and that they would exhaust all legal avenues until their client was proven innocent.Which he called a victim of injustice to a punishment he considered a moral judgment without legal basis. The highest court in the country who rejected on five occasions Sarkozy’s defense arguments, It will be pronounced again in about a year.
Converted in March 2021 to The first French president to be sentenced to prison For this case, Sarkozy accumulated another one-year prison sentence, handed down in November 2021, for illegal financing of the 2012 Elysee campaign.