An unprecedented penalty for a former president who has made known by his lawyer that he intends to appeal to the Supreme Court. The former head of state Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced on Wednesday in Paris to three years in prison, including one year for corruption and influence peddling in the wiretapping affair. His lawyer announced that he would appeal to the Supreme Court.
The judgment in the wiretapping case is not over. The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed on Wednesday May 17 the conviction of Nicolas Sarkozy in this case linked to the financing of his victorious campaign for the 2007 presidential election. The court found the former head of state guilty of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced him, as in the first instance, to three years in prison, including one year in prison. An unprecedented sanction for a former president. But the person concerned has already indicated that he intends to appeal to the Supreme Court.
His long-time lawyer Thierry Herzog and the former high magistrate Gilbert Azibert were sentenced to the same penalties. The court of appeal also imposed a three-year ban on Nicolas Sarkozy’s civic rights, which makes him ineligible, as well as a three-year ban on Thierry Herzog’s practice.