Former French President To Face Trial for Corruption & Misuse Of Influence
Nicolas Sarkozy denies accusations
Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, will now face trial following being detained in the course of an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption and 'funding abuses' during his presidential campaign in 2007.
Sarkozy denies all the accusations which include allegedly accepting funds from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to finance his campaign.
France's financial prosecutor confirmed that Sarkozy has been sent to trial for "corruption and misuse of influence" to secure leaked details of a probe into alleged violations.
SputnikNews reports: In 2014, France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was detained in the course of an investigation into alleged funding abuses during his presidential campaign in 2007. Sarkozy has been denying all the accusations being leveled against him.
Sarkozy's lawyers said in a statement that they would appeal a decision to send him to court.
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This case is known as the Bygmalion scandal and focuses on tapped phone-calls, in which the president allegedly tried to influence judges who were probing into the suspected illegal funding of his presidential campaign.
The ex-president will stand trial along with his lawyer and friend Thierry Herzog and former judge Gilbert Azibert, whom Sarkozy allegedly offered a high-ranking role in Monaco in exchange for information on the 2010 funding case, so-called Bettencourt affair.
Sarkozy was accused of receiving illegal campaign donations in 2007 from L'Oreal heiress and billionaire Liliane Bettencourt.
In a separate investigation looking into alleged Libyan financing of Sarkozy's election campaign of 2007, France's ex-president was indicted on charges of "passive bribery, illegal financing of election campaign and concealment of Libyan public funds."
Exclusive: what Sarkozy told police under questioning about Gaddafi funding evidencehttps://t.co/qOpXQHyH0c— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) March 27, 2018
In November 2016, a French-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, told France's Mediapart broadcaster that in 2006-2007 he had personally handed over to Sarkozy and his chief of staff three suitcases with euro notes.
According to Takieddine, the cash amounted to $6.2 and came from the late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. The French newspaper Le Monde reported that the head of Libya's sovereign wealth fund, Bashir Saleh, confirmed that Gaddafi financed the French president.