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    Former French President Gets 3 Years Jail Sentence For Corruption


     

    An ex-President of France, Nicholas Sarkozy has been slapped with three years jail sentence for corruption.

    However, two of his corruption charges have been suspended.

    The 66-year-old Sarkozy  was found guilty of attempting to bribe a magistrate by offering him a prestigious job in return for information about a separate criminal case against him (Sarkozy).

    He becomes the first ex-President if France to get jail sentence.

    Aside Mr Sarkozy, his former lawyer, Thierry Herzog, as well as the magistrate in question, Gilbert Azibert, received similar sentences. But all three of them are likely to appeal.

    The judgment was made in Paris, France. The ruling indicated that Mr Sarkozy could serve a year at home with an electronic tag, instead of going to prison.

    The trial judge observed that Mr Sarkozy “knew what [he] was doing was wrong”, the judge said, adding that his actions and those of his lawyer had given the public “a very bad image of justice”, labeling his crimes as as influence-peddling and violation of professional secrecy.

    French prosecutors were seeking a four-year jail sentence for Mr Sarkozy.

    Mr Sarkozy’s predecessor Jacques Chirac, got a two-year suspended sentence in 2011 for having arranged alleged bogus jobs at Paris City Hall for allies when he was Paris mayor. Chirac died in 2019.

    He is expected to go on trial in a separate case from March 17 to 15 April.

    That trial relates to the Bygmalion affair in which he is accused of having fraudulently overspent in his 2012 presidential campaign.

    Mr Sarkozy served as president 2007 to 2012. His 2012 re-election bid was unsuccessful.

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