France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Monday
found guilty of corruption and influence-peddling and
sentenced to a three-year jail term.
Sarkozy was accused of offering to boost a high magistrate’s
chance of obtaining a promotion in Monaco back in 2014 in
return for leaked information about a judicial enquiry against
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Sarkozy who was the president of France from 2007 to 2012,denied
all the allegations against him during the 10-day trial that took
place last year.
Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, and the senior judge, Gilbert
Azibert, also denied wrongdoing. Both have been handed the
same sentence as Sarkozy. Herzog, who was also slapped with
a five-year professional ban, has appealed the ruling.
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Prosecutors had requested two years of prison and a two-year
suspended sentence for all three defendants over what they
said was a “corruption pact.”
“No pact has ever existed,” Sarkozy told the court. “Neither in
my head nor in reality.” “I want to be cleared of that infamy,”