Sarkozy is accused of attempting to bribe French Decide Gilbert Azibert by providing him a well-paid job in alternate for confidential info in an investigation into Sarkozy’s 2007 election marketing campaign with illicit funds.
Prosecutors demanded the identical punishment for Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, who allegedly performed the function of liaison within the tried fantasy, but in addition for Decide Azibert. As well as, they demand the elimination of Herzog for 5 years from the bar.
The previous president of France declared earlier than the judges that he didn’t commit any act of corruption and promised that he’ll go “to the tip” to be able to maintain his fame spotless. “What did I do to deserve this?” Sarkozy was quoted as saying by AFP The Guardian.
The scandal wherein Sarkozy is concerned, defined briefly
The interception case has its origins in one other court docket case that threatens Sarkozy, the one associated to the suspicions relating to the financing of his 2007 presidential marketing campaign with cash acquired from the previous Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. In March 2012, the investigative web site Mediapart printed a doc stating that in 2007, France had bought management gear to Libya on the Web, a contract that was allegedly used to finance the election marketing campaign via a fee of inquiry. 50 million euros. A yr later, when Sarkozy was not on the Elysee Palace, the French judiciary determined to begin investigating the case, RFI notes.
As a part of the Libyan investigation, prosecutors determined in September 2013 to intercept Sarkozy’s conversations, discovering early subsequent yr that he was utilizing a secret phone line with a pay as you go card bought below the title “Paul Bismuth” to speak with the lawyer. his Thierry Herzog. In keeping with the indictment of the Nationwide Monetary Prosecutor’s Workplace (PNF), throughout his presidential time period Sarkozy tried, with the assistance of lawyer Thierry Herzog, to acquire some secret info from a senior Justice of the Peace, Gilbert Azibert, relating to an investigation concentrating on him within the ‘Bettencourt affair’. in alternate for the promise of a prestigious place in Monaco for the latter, a place which Azibert didn’t get hold of ultimately.
After the “Bettencourt” case was acquitted on the finish of 2013, Sarkozy utilized to the Court docket of Cassation to acquire the annulment of the confiscation of his presidential agendas, fearing that the data contained in them could possibly be used in opposition to him in different investigations. In the course of the proceedings associated to this notification, Sarkozy allegedly tried in 2014 to acquire the respective secret info from Gilbert Azibert, at the moment a decide on the Court docket of Cassation. The validation of the interceptions, in March 2016, by the very best court docket of France was a significant defeat for the previous president, who claimed that the transcription of the discussions between a lawyer and his consumer is against the law.