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Corrupt Sarkozy sentenced to one year for using dodgy cash to fund election

THE corrupt ex-president of France Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to one year of house arrest for using dodgy cash to fund his campaign for re-election.

The 66-year-old was found guilty today for fiddling the books during his unsuccessful 2012 bid to become head of state.

Corrupt former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty today

Corrupt former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty todayCrédito: AFP
Nicolas Sarkozy leaving his guilty verdict in March

Nicolas Sarkozy leaving his guilty verdict in March

The verdict was handed down to the 66-year-old at the Paris Correctional Court today following a five-week trial.

Despite the severity of his legal situation, Sarkozy did not attend court today, leaving his legal team to represent him, just as he did throughout the process.

The snub led to severe criticism, with prosecutors Vanessa Perrée and Nicolas Baïetto accusing him ofundermining the values of democracy”.

Sarkozy was in the dock with 13 associates in what is known as theBygmalioncase after the PR company allegedly used to hide financial corruption.

Former colleagues found guilty alongside him included Jerome Lavrilleux and Guillaume Lambert.

They were accused of spending almost twice the legal €22.5m (£19.4m) limit for the presidential campaign against François Hollande, of the French Socialist Party.

Three of the other defendants, who were connected to the PR agency Bygmalion, admitted producing fake receipts.

Sarkozy, a right-wing conservative whose party was called the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) had denied any wrongdoing.

The court heard that officials close to Sarkozy came up with the idea of setting up bogusconventionsthat would appear on false invoices.

Accountants warned Sarkozy that the campaign was set to overtake the €22.5m spending limit, but that he insisted on holding more events, según los fiscales.

LAUNDERED MONEY

The campaign eventually spent nearly €43m – the equivalent of £37m – but Sarkozy still lost to Mr Hollande.

En marzo, Sarkozy was convicted of corruption and influence-peddling and sentenced to three years in prison, two of them suspended.

If still found guilty on appeal, he is likely to be able to serve his sentence at the home he shares with his third wife, the former supermodel Carla Bruni, 53, while wearing an electronic tag.

Sarkozy is also facing allegations that he received millions in laundered money from the late Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Sarkozy’s conservative predecessor as President of France, the late Jacques Chirac, received a two-year suspended sentence in 2011 for corruption, but this related to his time as Mayor of Paris.

The last French head of state to go to a prison cell was Marshall Philippe Pétain, the wartime Nazi collaborator.

If Sarkozy is found guilty on appeal he is likely to be able to serve the sentence at his home with former model Carla Bruni

If Sarkozy is found guilty on appeal he is likely to be able to serve the sentence at his home with former model Carla BruniCrédito: Getty

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to one year in jail for corruption after he tried to bribe a judge

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