In France today, on November 23, the trial of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy begins. Reported by France 24.
Sarkozy is accused of trying to bribe a judge in exchange for information about an investigation into the financing of his party. He faces up to 10 years in prison and up to € 1 million in fines for corruption and abuse of influence.
According to prosecutors, Sarkozy allegedly promised the judge a job in Monaco if he agreed to divulge insider information about an investigation into illegal payments by L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign.
Together with Sarkozy, his lawyer Thierry Herzog and former judge Gilbert Azibert appear in the case.
Sarkozy does not admit guilt. He stated that Judge Aziber never got a job in Monaco.
The channel noted that Sarkozy is not the first French president to be in the dock. In 2001, Jacques Chirac was tried. But Sarkozy is the first ex-French leader to be accused of corruption.
According to BFM TV, the trial should last until December 10, but this may take longer due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Aziber has already asked to postpone the hearing for medical reasons.
Sarkozy was President of France from 2007 to 2012.
On March 20, 2018, Sarkozy was detained to testify in the case of leading passive corruption, illegal campaign finance and concealment of Libyan public funds. On March 22, 2018, Sarkozy was charged.