Verdict due in landmark corruption trial of former French President

Verdict due in landmark corruption trial of former French President

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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