On Tuesday afternoon, the Paris Court prosecutor’s office requested four years in prison and a five-year ban on “professional activities” for Nicolas Sarkozy, for the crimes of corruption and influence peddling, considering that the former president of the republic and his lawyer negotiated as seasoned criminals a mafia agreement, a “corruption pact” with a magistrate who could benefit from their favors.
Twenty-four hours earlier, Sarkozy made a full-blown offensive against the prosecution’s complaints, deeming himself free of all guilt and crime.
Under French law, Sarkozy I ran the risk of ten years in jail and a million euros fine. From that formal perspective, the prosecution’s request is relatively modest. From other points of view, it could be a potentially devastating sentence for the former head of state, who still has a short ten cases to judge.
The prosecution asks for four years in prison. But two of them, with remission of sentence. That is to say. Sarkozy is running the risk of spending two years in jail …
Without a doubt, when the Paris Court passes judgment, Sarkozy and his lawyer will be able to appeal, avoiding immediate compliance with the judgment. But the accumulation of presumed corruption cases runs the risk of turning into a black snowball. In the opinion of the prosecution, the process has confirmed the “corruption pact” that Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer consummated in 2014. The revelations of the process have exposed the languages, manners and manners typical of a character seasoned in dirty business.
The judicial police received, six years ago, the order to tap the phones of the former president and his lawyer, investigating other scandals. And they discovered some simply devastating intimate conversations. Using gangster-chic language, Sarkozy and his lawyer argued, negotiated, and ended up winning the favors of a magistrate aspiring to significant career advancement. Throughout the process, the presidency of the Court heard or read, days ago, to twenty of the 150 conversations recorded by the judicial police. A fierce document.
Throughout the process, the corrupt magistrate. Gilbert Azibert has repeatedly denied asking Sarkozy for any favors. In vain. It seems an evidence that Azibert ended up benefiting from favors at the highest level of the State. Thierry Herzog, Sarkozy’s close friend and lawyer, has vigorously denounced his phone tap, considering himself a victim of the illegal behavior of the judicial police.
Sarkozy, for his part, has repeated in many tones, almost always offensive, that he never committed a crime, never offered favors, never negotiated a corrupt pact.
The prosecution requests the same penalties for Sarkozy’s lawyer and for the former magistrate. The Paris Court takes a few days to meditate and pass a ruling that runs the risk of embittering Nicolas Sarkozy’s Christmas and New Year.