Nicolas Sarkozy is the first former president in France’s modern history to go on hearing for corruption.
Former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy has been given a year in prison and two years suspended penalty. The verdict came after Mr Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption and influence peddling.
The 66-year old was in conviction by a court in Paris on Monday. It was for trying to obtain information illegally from a senior magistrate in 2014. This data was about a legal action in which he was involved.
The court said that Sarkozy would be entitled to a detained request at home with an electronic bracelet. So, this denotes that he is unlikely to go to jail.
At the end of the last ear, the trial heard how the politician who was president from 2007 to 2012 forged a corruption pact. Moreover, the pact was with his lawyer Thierry Herzog who is 65, and senior magistrate Gilbert Azibert, 74.
The trial focused on the phone conversations that took place in 2014 February. At the moment, investigative judges had launched an inquiry into the financing of the presidential campaign of 2007.
During this investigation, they accidentally found that Sarkozy and Herzog were communicating via secret mobile phones. The registration of the numbers was to the moniker Paul Bismuth.
According to the wiretapped conversations, Sarkozy instructed Herzog to promise Azibert a job in Mexico. Moreover, the job offer was in exchange for leaking data about other legal cases in which hews involved.
The court said the facts were severe, given that the former president committed them. Sarkozy, using his status to help a magistrate who had served his own interest.
The trial for corruption of a former president is the first time in France’s modern history.
Things aren’t looking good for Sarkozy’s party
Sarkozy will face another trial at the end of this month. Additionally, with 13 other people on illegal financing for his presidential campaign in 2012.
Sarkozy’s party is suspected of spending around 42.8 million euros. The amount is almost twice the authorized to finance the campaign.
In another investigation of 2013, Sarzoky is accused of taking millions from then Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi. Sarkozy took the amount to finance his presidential campaign of 2007.
Eventually, he is given preliminary charges of concealment of stolen assets from Libya and the criminal association. Besides passive corruption and illegal campaign financing.