Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Ex-French President Sarkozy faces corruption trial

Ex-French President Sarkozy faces corruption trial

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile] must stand for trial [BBC report] for charges of corruption and influence the 2007 French presidential election.

At issue is Sarkozy's calls to a senior judge who was investigating separate allegations of illegal campaign funding in his 2007 presidential bid.

The source close to the investigation said that along with Sarkozy, one of his lawyers, Thierry Herzog, and the prosecutor would also face trial on the same charges.

Mr Sarkozy, who is embroiled in several criminal investigations, denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to have all cases dismissed.

Sarkozy and his lawyers argued that the wiretapping violated attorney-client privilege and that the secretly monitored communications should be deemed inadmissible in court. He was handed preliminary charges just last week in the most shocking affair: accusations that he took millions in illegal campaign financing from then-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

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Earlier on Thursday, Le Monde newspaper reported that the French court had signed a document to send the former president to the Paris correctional court within the framework of the investigation process.

Mr Sarkozy was president from 2007 to 2012 but was defeated by Socialist Francois Hollande when he ran for re-election. It is unclear whether or not the Azibert ever provided the requested information, however, Azibert has been ordered to stand for trial alongside Sarkozy. "He does not doubt that once again the truth will triumph", his lawyers said in a statement.

But even a successful appeal in this case would be unlikely to end Sarkozy's extensive legal woes.

In January French businessman Alexandre Djouhri, suspected by investigators of funnelling money from Gaddafi to finance Sarkozy's campaign, was arrested in Britain and granted bail after he appeared in a London court.

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