Former French President Sarkozy charged with corruption & influence peddling

Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption and influence peddling after being questioned in Paris suburb.

Jul 3, 2014 17:17 IST
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Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France, on 2 July 2014 was charged with corruption and influence peddling.

Sarkozy was charged on the allegation that he sought insider information from a judge regarding an investigation into illegal campaign financing of his 2007 presidential campaign by former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

With this, Sarkozy became the first French President who was taken into custody in criminal investigation. The ex-President for the second time has lost presidential immunity from legal prosecution. He lost presidential immunity for first time in 2013 but the case was later dropped against him.

In case he is convicted of those charges, he could face a sentence of 10 years in prison.

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