Sarkozy Slams 'six Years Of Slander' At Corruption Trial
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy complained Monday of being the victim of six years of "slander", in his first remarks to the court at his landmark corruption trial
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Nov, 2020 ) :Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy complained Monday of being the victim of six years of "slander", in his first remarks to the court at his landmark corruption trial.
The 65-year-old right-winger, who also faces trials in two other investigations, is accused of offering judge Gilbert Azibert a plum retirement job in exchange for inside information on an inquiry into his campaign finances.
Azibert and Sarkozy's lawyer Thierry Herzog are also on trial.
His defence argued the 73-year-old had health problems that made public appearances risky during the Covid-19 outbreak.
But a medical exam ordered by the court determined he was fit enough to attend his trial.
Prosecutors say Sarkozy and Herzog tried to bribe Azibert with a job in Monaco, in return for information on an inquiry into claims Sarkozy received illicit payments from late L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt during his 2007 presidential campaign.
Wiretaps of conversations between Herzog and Sarkozy -- who used a secret phone bought under the alias of "Paul Bismuth" -- purportedly reveal the two men making plans to get Azibert to help sway the inquiry.
But investigators are still probing allegations that he received millions of euros in funding from Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi towards his 2007 election campaign, and he is also accused of fraudulently overspending on the 2012 race.
Only one other French president, Sarkozy's political mentor Jacques Chirac, has been put on trial after leaving office, though he was excused from having to attend his 2011 corruption trial due to ill health.