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French Court Convicts Former President Sarkozy Guilty Of Corruption

French Court on Monday has convicted the former President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption.

A court in Paris found Nicolas Sarkozy who is also separately facing multiple other legal challenges, guilty on charges of trying to bribe a judge and influence-peddling dating from his time in office.

The same sentence was handed down to his co-defendants, lawyer Thierry Herzog and judge Gilbert Azibert.

According to the French media, Sarkozy, 66, is allowed to ask to serve home confinement. The court sentenced Sarkozy to three years but suspended two of those years – meaning he faces a year of imprisonment.

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The judge, Gilbert Azibert, who was at the time a top appeals court magistrate, was allegedly offered a job in Monaco in exchange for the information.

Prosecutors added that Sarkozy who led France from 2007 to 2012,  made the job offer through his attorney, Thierry Herzog, who was a co-defendant in the trial, as was judge Gilbert Azibert.

The Judge in its ruling said that Sarkozy could serve a year at home with an electronic tag, rather than go to prison.

The guilty verdict against Sarkozy makes him the second former French president in recent years to be convicted of corruption.

Ralrier his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was also convicted in 2011.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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