Verdict due in landmark corruption trial of former French President
The verdict of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s trial for alleged corruption and influence-peddling is expected on Monday.
The landmark trial has put Sarkozy at the risk of a prison sentence if he’s convicted.
He is accused of offering to boost a high magistrate’s chance of obtaining a promotion in Monaco back in 2014 in return for leaked information about a judicial enquiry against him.
The former president (from 2007 – 2012) has denied all the allegations against him during the 10-day trial that took place last year.
His lawyer – Thierry Herzog and the senior judge, Gilbert Azibert – have also denied wrongdoing.
Prosecutors have requested two years of prison and a two year suspended sentence for all three defendants over what they said was a “corruption pact.”
“No pact has ever existed,” Sarkozy told the court. “Neither in my head nor in reality.” “I want to be cleared of that infamy,” he added.
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