Plaintiff at the French former president’s pen hearing Nicolas Sarkozy He has been sentenced to four years in prison, of which he should serve two years.
Ock, 65, is accused of trying to bribe a judge with a plum retirement job in exchange for information inside an investigation into the financial affairs of his campaign to appear in the country’s first modern presidential dog.
Prosecutors also called on Sarkozy’s lawyer and co-defendant, Thiri Herzog, as well as Judge Gilbert Ezibert for the same sentence.
They said Herzog should also be disbursed for five years.
Sarkozy, who led France He told the court on Monday from 2007 to 2012 that he had never committed the slightest act of corruption and vowed to go “all the way” to clear his name at the landmark hearing.
He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 1 1 million ($ 1.2 million) for corruption and influence in a number of legal cases against him.
On Monday, Sarkozy said he was “relieved” by the prospect of a hearing after being “dragged through the mud for six years”.
“What did I do to qualify for this?” Asked Sarkozy, who wore a dark suit and surgical mask under his nose, vowing to “go to the truth.” The courtroom was crowded enough to allow virus restrictions.
Prosecutors say he and Herzge tried to bribe Azibert in exchange for information leading to the investigation into the allegations, as Sarkozy made illegal payments from L’Oreal heir Lillian Batoncourt during his 2007 presidential campaign.
The state’s case is based on wiretapps of a conversation between Herzog and Sarkozy, something the former president denounced during a speech in court.
Azibert was a senior adviser to the French Supreme Court of Appeal at the time. He never got a job in Monaco.
Sarkozy, meanwhile, was cleared of any wrongdoing in the Battencourt chapter, but he will still face legal difficulties.
He is accused of receiving millions of euros in funding from Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi for the 2007 election campaign. He is also accused of fraudulently paying more for the failed 2012 re-election bid.
Another French president, Sarkozy’s political adviser Jacques Chirac, was put on trial after leaving office, but was ruled out of the 2011 corruption scandal due to ill health.
Chirac was given a two-year suspended sentence for creating a ghost-job in a Paris townhall that was used to fund his party when he was mayor of the city.
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