The court of Paris has recognized former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence-peddling in ‘case on tapping’. He was sentenced to three years in jail; two of them are suspended, as L’Eho reported.
The consideration of the so-called tapping case of 2014 took place from the end of November up to the beginning of December 2020. The National Financial Prosecutor's Office demanded to sentence a 66-year-old politician to four years of imprisonment; two of them suspended.
The ex-president of France refuted the leveled accusations multiple times. During the process, he stated that he has never committed even the slightest corruption crime and he has never used his official position.
According to the investigation, through his lawyer Thierry Herzog, Sarkozy promised to help Gilbert Azibert to get a prestigious position in Monaco. The records of intercepted phone talks between Sarkozy and Azibert in 2013-2014 were used as evidence.
The National Financial Prosecutor's Office accused Nicolas Sarkozy of promising assistance to ex-magistrate Gilbert Azibert to get a position in Monaco in exchange for classified information about the investigation of suspicion in illicit payments he received from billionaire and L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for the financing of the election campaign in 2007.
Sarkozy was the President of France in 2007-2012.