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World Ex-French President Sarkozy Denies Corruption as Trial Begins

21:25  30 november  2020
21:25  30 november  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Lebanon. The businessman Ziad Takieddine has just spent 14 days in prison

 Lebanon. The businessman Ziad Takieddine has just spent 14 days in prison © AFP archive photo / BERTRAND GUAY Ziad Takieddine in October 2019 during his appearance in the financial aspect of the Karachi case. Prosecution witness against Nicolas Sarkozy in the affair of financing the 2007 election campaign, and author of an unexpected about-face last week, the Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine has just spent 14 days in prison in Lebanon, in the context of a dispute with his former lawyer.

Nicolas Sarkozy , the former French president , will make history on Monday afternoon when he goes on trial accused of corruption and influence peddling for allegedly trying to bribe a Sarkozy , 65, who has repeatedly denied the accusations, told French television he was ready for the courtroom battle.

The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence peddling was suspended Monday less than two hours after it started, to allow a medical report on one of the defendants. Sarkozy is accused of having tried to illegally obtain information from a magistrate about

(Bloomberg) -- Nicolas Sarkozy denied allegations that he abused his power as the former president of France to woo a senior court official into giving him a helping hand in a legal dispute.

a group of people in uniform: PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 30: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at court for the third day of his trial on corruption charges in the so-called 'wiretapping affair' on November 30, 2020 in Paris, France. When Mr. Sarkozy first appeared in court on Monday, on charges of corruption and influence-peddling, he became the first French president in modern times to appear in the dock. Prosecutors allege he and a codefendant tried to bribe a magistrate in relation to a separate investigation into his party finances. The trial is scheduled to run until December 10th. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) © Photographer: Chesnot/Getty Images PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 30: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at court for the third day of his trial on corruption charges in the so-called 'wiretapping affair' on November 30, 2020 in Paris, France. When Mr. Sarkozy first appeared in court on Monday, on charges of corruption and influence-peddling, he became the first French president in modern times to appear in the dock. Prosecutors allege he and a codefendant tried to bribe a magistrate in relation to a separate investigation into his party finances. The trial is scheduled to run until December 10th. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

“I naturally do not acknowledge any of these dishonoring accusations,” Sarkozy told judges as his delayed Paris corruption trial finally got underway after his co-defendant was deemed fit enough to come to court.

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Sarkozy is not the first ex - president to be prosecuted - his predecessor Jacques Chirac was given a two-year suspended sentence in 2011 for But if the charges against Sarkozy go ahead, it would be the first time a former French president stands trial for actions taken during his presidency .

French ex - President Nicolas Sarkozy is accused of trying to influence a judge in a corruption case. They have all denied wrongdoing. Mr Sarkozy 's team says he will appeal against the decision. In 2014, two years after being voted out of office, the former French president reportedly

Sarkozy is accused of offering to pull strings after leaving office to help the now-retired court official get a prestigious job in Monaco in return for his aid in the dispute. The 65-year-old is only the second former French president to go on trial in modern times, and the first over corruption accusations. Sarkozy became France’s head of state in 2007 but failed to win re-election five years later.

The corruption and influence-peddling case includes evidence obtained by the wiretapping of Sarkozy’s calls in early 2014 on so-called burner phones with his then-lawyer, Thierry Herzog, who acted as a go-between with the former official, Gilbert Azibert.

‘Serious Irregularities’

Sarkozy’s attorney during the trial, Jacqueline Laffont, said there were “several serious irregularities” throughout the investigations that should void the entire case against her client. The judges may choose to immediately rule on the request or may allow the trial to proceed and take a decision on these concerns at the end.

An heiress, a judge and a job: France's Sarkozy goes on trial for corruption

  An heiress, a judge and a job: France's Sarkozy goes on trial for corruption An heiress, a judge and a job: France's Sarkozy goes on trial for corruptionPARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial on Monday accused of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling, one of several criminal investigations that threaten to cast an ignominious pall over his decades-long political career.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost his final bid to avoid an influence peddling and corruption trial , after a ruling was handed down that a The French Court of Cassation, which rules on legal questions, said on Tuesday that the trial was justified for the former president as well as his

French investigating magistrates have issued a fourth charge against ex - president Nicolas Sarkozy for The charges could lead to a trial . After four days of questioning he rejected all the charges. In January magistrates also placed a former Sarkozy aide, Thierry Gaubert, under formal investigation.

While in one wiretapped conversation Sarkozy told Herzog he’d “take care” of helping Azibert at a meeting with a Monaco minister, the former French president later said he’d had second thoughts about interceding in favor of someone he didn’t know well. Suspecting that Sarkozy had unlawfully been tipped off that his burner phone was being recorded and that the change-of-heart conversation was staged, investigators opened a separate preliminary probe. But they never found evidence to back their hunch.

Laffont said on Monday that the fact that the findings from this separate preliminary probe were hidden from defense lawyers until January violates Sarkozy’s rights and may have allowed him to prove his innocence ahead of a trial.

This preliminary investigation “is a stain for the justice system and it has stained the entire proceedings,” Laffont said.

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