Sarkozy found guilty of corruption – Ex France president Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in prison by a French court for corruption and influence peddling.
A French court made the historic ruling on Monday 1st March 2021; he was the French President from 2007 to 2012. Sarkozy was found guilty of illegally obtaining information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about an ongoing investigation into his campaign finances.
However, he will not serve any jail time as his sentence was suspended; he’ll instead be required to wear an electronic bracelet at home.
This is a historic ruling because he is the first former France to have been sentenced to jail in France’s modern history. The last French head of state to be sentenced to prison was Marshal Philippe Pétain in 1945 — for treason after he collaborated with the Nazis.
Mr. Sarkozy is also facing other accusations and will be on trial again in two weeks with charges of violating campaign financing rules during his failed 2012 re-election bid. He is accused of working with a friendly public relations firm to hide his campaign’s actual cost.
Although, according to his lawyers, Mr. Sarkozy will appeal against the ruling.
Also, in another separate case, French prosecutors are investigating Mr. Sarkozy for allegedly receiving illegal campaign funding from Libya’s former deceased leader Muammar Gaddafi in his 2007 campaign.