Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to one year in prison for illegally financing a failed 2012 re-election campaign. He says he will appeal the decision.
Prosecutors were seeking a one-year sentence for the 66-year-old former president, half of whom was suspended, who was not in court on Thursday for a verdict.
Reading it on Thursday, the judge indicated that Sarkozy could serve his sentence under electronic surveillance at home.
Sarkozy’s conservative UMP party has been accused of spending more than double the campaign’s 22 22.5 million limit.
Problem After the name of the public relations company set up by the party to run the events, known as the Big Million Affair, and which set up a system of fake receipts to hide their true value.
Sarkozy denied any wrongdoing, and appeared in court for just one day of the five-week trial, where he told the court he was not involved in the campaign’s logistics.
But the court said it was aware of the costs and knew it had exceeded the legal limit, and failed to monitor “additional costs” voluntarily.
Thirteen others were on trial for breach of trust, forgery, fraud and involvement in financing an illegal campaign, including accountants, Sarkozy’s party members and Big Million executives.
Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, said he would appeal the decision. As he did for the second culprit. Judicial inquiries were cited in March for bribing a judge and seeking influence to obtain classified information.
Sarkozy also denied any wrongdoing. He was. Sentenced to three years in prison, Two of which are suspended.
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