Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial for corruption

Mar 30, 2018, 01:17
Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial for corruption

In this photo taken Wednesday March 28, 2018, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves after a ceremony for late Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris.

Sarkozy appealed that order and a decision is pending.

The latest case against the former French president emerged from an inquiry into his alleged receipt of millions of dollars of campaign contributions from Colonel Gaddafi, the late Libyan dictator.

Sarkozy has faced multiple corruption investigations since leaving office in 2012. Sarkozy's team said he will appeal against the decision.

Investigators examining allegations that Sarkozy's campaign was funded by Libya began to suspect that he was monitoring the probe using a network of informants.

Sarkozy's lawyer Thierry Herzog and former magistrate Gilbert Azibert will also face trial on charges of "corruption, trading in influence and concealment of breach of professional secrecy".

He already faces trial on separate charges of illicit pending overruns during his failed re-election campaign in 2012.

The case is known in France as the Bygmalion affair, after the name of the firm that allegedly provided false invoices to Mr Sarkozy's party rather than the campaign.

Mr. Sarkozy, who has argued repeatedly that the investigations against him are politically motivated, was infuriated that investigators had wiretapped conversations with his lawyer, but the appellate court ruled in 2016 that the taps were legal.

Sarkozy's predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was convicted in 2011, after his retirement, of misusing public funds to keep political allies in phantom jobs.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Sarah Jessica Parker Endorses Cynthia Nixon For Governor Of New York

    Sarah Jessica Parker Endorses Cynthia Nixon For Governor Of New York

    I look forward to talking to her about her NY state gubernatorial bid", Parker said through her spokesperson. But while Cuomo has $30 million to work with, Nixon does have celebrities like Parker on her side.
    Former Disney Star Caroline Landed in White House

    Former Disney Star Caroline Landed in White House

    Thanks to her Disney fame, Sunshine has over 500,000 followers on Twitter and 236,000 on Instagram . Sunshine was an actress in the Disney Channel show " Shake It Up " from 2010 until 2013.
    JD Sports expands to the U.S.  with £394m acquisition

    JD Sports expands to the U.S. with £394m acquisition

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Finish Line from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a research report on Friday, December 15th. Fox Run Management L.L.C. bought a new position in shares of Finish Line in the fourth quarter worth $293,000.
  • Rain, snow move out; next storm system takes aim at Easter

    Rain, snow move out; next storm system takes aim at Easter

    An upper level disturbance could potentially bring more scattered snow showers this morning along with some patchy fog as well. Today: Partly Cloudy to Mostly Sunny, Warmer, Breezy. "Temperature wise, disappointing, even if it stays dry - single digits".
    Trump Aide Spoke During Campaign to Associate Tied to Russian Intelligence

    Trump Aide Spoke During Campaign to Associate Tied to Russian Intelligence

    After van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to false statements on February 20, Kilimnik declined to comment on whether he was Person A . That Gates and Person A were directly communicating in September and October 2016 was pertinent to the investigation.
    Android based VR Gaming Apps

    Android based VR Gaming Apps

    Cleanopolis VR This educational title is primarily for kids but it doesn't mean that people of all ages won't be able to enjoy it. House of Terror VR This game gives you the chance to explore a haunted house full of monsters, traps, and very hard puzzles.
  • Wall will end way of life for indigenous astride the border

    Wall will end way of life for indigenous astride the border

    The White House's military office, the Pentagon and a spokeswoman for Ryan did not immediately respond to requests to comment. Taking money from the current 2018 budget for the wall would require an act of Congress , said a senior Pentagon official.
    Johnny Manziel met with the Patriots at Texas A&M's pro day

    Johnny Manziel met with the Patriots at Texas A&M's pro day

    He had 1,675 yards passing with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions with the Cleveland Browns during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Heisman trophy victor and former first round draft pick Johnny Manziel is attempting to make a comeback into the NFL .
    Facebook announces new privacy tools for users following data controversy

    Facebook announces new privacy tools for users following data controversy

    Facebook on Wednesday attempted to make amends for having utilized data from tens millions of profiles without consent from users. Investors have voiced concerns that the companies could face tougher regulations after the Cambridge Analytica scandal .
  • Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Mounts Challenge in The Trillionaire Race on Azure

    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Mounts Challenge in The Trillionaire Race on Azure

    It is negative, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 1012 reduced holdings. 147 funds opened positions while 670 raised stakes. Joel Isaacson & Limited stated it has 0.45% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). 16,624 are owned by Financial Consulate.
    Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN)

    Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN)

    You could argue the same for other companies, but Digital Realty shares were last seen up 1.7% at $104.45 on Wednesday. Andra Ap-Fonden increased Raytheon Co (NYSE:RTN) stake by 72,362 shares to 155,759 valued at $29.26 million in 2017Q4.

    Online gambling and betting increased over 1386% during past five years

    So in as much as stakeholders are heavily spending on ads, their audience is also responding very well to what they are offering. In addition to this, there’s a wide variety of games which the platform offers to cater for all types of gamers.
popular