PARIS, KOMPAS.com – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday (1/3/2021), and sentenced to 3 years in prison.
News agency AFP reported that the sentence includes a 2-year reprieve so it is unlikely that Sarkozy will go to prison physically.
He will almost certainly appeal and remain free, without an arrest warrant.
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The verdicts are related to cases of sale and purchase of positions and corruption, in four separate investigations into the former president who married supermodel and singer Carla Bruni during his tenure.
Sarkozy is accused of helping judges to high positions in Monaco, in exchange for relinquishing an investigation into his campaign finances.
Allegations of corruption and sale and purchase of positions as well as several other cases resulted in Sarkozy being jailed for a maximum of 10 years and a fine of 1 million euros (Rp.17.18 billion).
The ruling is the latest for the 66-year-old who ruled France from 2007-2012.
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This prison sentence could undermine his bid to run again for president of France, which has garnered a lot of support ahead of the 2022 elections.
Apart from Sarkozy, another “Wine Country” president who is on trial after stepping down for corruption is Jacques Chirac.
However, Sarkozy’s political mentor was exempted from attending court in 2011 due to poor health.
At that time Chirac received a 2-year suspended sentence for creating a fake project at a Paris city hall that was actually used to fund his party when he was mayor.
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