Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption

Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption

- The sentence however allows Sarkozy to remain home as long as he wears an electronic bracelet

- The former president was charged alongside his lawyer Thierry Herzog and former magistrate Gilbert Azibert, both of whom were found guilty and imprisoned

- Another lawsuit accuses him of violating campaign financing rules by engaging a PR firm to conceal how much his campaign cost

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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of corruption and influence peddling.

Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption
Sarkozy will serve his first sentence in the house as long as he wears a metallic bracelet. Photo credits: Julien Warnand. Source: EPA.
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A court found Sarkozy, who was the head of state between 2007 and 2012, guilty of trying to illegally acquire information about an ongoing investigation into finances used during his campaigns.

The sentence however allows Sarkozy to remain home as long as he wears an electronic bracelet.

Sixty-six-year-old Sarkozy, therefore, becomes the first president in France to have been sent to prison.

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The former president was charged alongside his lawyer Thierry Herzog and former magistrate Gilbert Azibert, both of whom were found guilty and imprisoned.

Christened the "wiretapping case," investigations into Sarkozy and his accomplices started in 2013 when their phones were bugged to gather information over their dealings.

The tapping revealed that Sarkozy and Herzog promised senior magistrate Gilbert Azibert a top position in Monaco if he agreed to divulge information about an upcoming inquiry that sought to find out if it was true Sarkozy had received illegal campaign funding from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

Sarkozy's accusations do not end there. Another lawsuit accuses him of violating campaign financing rules by engaging a PR firm to conceal how much his campaign cost.

He is also accused of receiving millions of euros from the former president of Libya Muammar Gaddafi during the 2007 presidential campaign.

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