Thursday, 29 March 2018

Ex French president Nicolas Sarkozy to face trial over corruption allegations

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will face trial over charges of corruption and misuse of influence, France's financial prosecutor says.
The former leader will stand trial over claims he used his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry into alleged irregularities during his 2007 election campaign.
A lawyer for Sarkozy, who was in office from 2007 to 2012, said the former president would be appealing against the decision to send the case to trial.

Charges were pressed after investigators used phone-taps to look into separate allegations that the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi funded Mr Sarkozy's campaign.

They started to suspect that the 63-year-old had kept tabs on a separate case through a network of informants.

Mr Sarkozy is alleged to have accepted €50m (£43.8m) from Gaddafi's regime, claims which have been repeated by the dictator's son and French businessman Ziad Takieddine.

The amount would be more than double the legal spending limit in French elections at that time, which was €21m.

The alleged payments would also violate French laws on foreign financing and declaring the source of campaign funds.
Mr Sarkozy and his campaign manager have repeatedly denied accepting money from Libya.

SKY         News.