Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will appear before the courts next Monday, accused of corruption and influence peddling.
The investigation was launched in 2012, when the Mediapart newspaper published an indicative document that the regime of ex-Libyan President Muhammar Gaddafi had financed Nicolas Sarkozy’s campaign. In 2019, he declared himself “totally innocent”, and in October of this year he returned to appear before the judges responsible for the investigation.
Sarkozy, Thierry Herzog and Gilbert Azibert are accused of corruption and influence peddling. The last two still face charges of violating professional secrets. The three risk 10 years in prison and heavy fines if they are convicted.
Speaking to the Observer newspaper, Fabrice Arfi, a Mediapart journalist, said that “this is a historic trial for justice in France, since it is the first time that a president will be tried in a court accused of corruption. It is crucial and probably the biggest test in the country of the anti-corruption that the judges have ever had ”.
Nicolas Sarkozy is also involved in the so-called “Bygmalion” case, probably appearing in court next year, accused of spending too much on his 2012 re-election campaign.
Sarkozy is involved in a number of controversial cases, from the alleged attempt to bribe a magistrate to give him information about an investigation against the French leader, to the alleged use of arms sales commissions to Pakistan to finance Edouard’s campaign. Balladur, in the 90s.
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