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France ex President Sarkozy receives one year sentence over illegal campaign funds

Ex French President Nicholas Sarkozy was yesterday 30th September 2021 handed a one year jail term after being found guilty of illegally funding his reelection campaign in 2012.

Sarkozy who has had his fair share of run-ins with the law was found guilty of dishing out millions of euros to his campaign trail above what was excusable by the law.

The 66 year old won’t however be imprisoned but will rather be monitored with an electronic device at his home the Court announced.

Sarkozy however denied the charges and added that he will go ‘right to the end’ to get “truth and justice” as his lawyer added that they will appeal this verdict.

It’s not the first time Sarkozy was being found guilty ever since he fell short of his presidential ambitions for a second term.

Mr Sarkozy became the first ex French president in March 2021 to get a custodial sentence.

This was after being found guilty of corruption and influence peddling.

He’s however set to appeal this ruling as he also denied this charge.

The latest scandal which is dubbed as the ‘Bygmalion’ scandal has him accused with 13 other people over their role in the case.

According to the prosecuting team, the UPM party to which Sarkozy belonged is said to have splashed the €22.5m stipulated by the law almost twice on their luxurious campaign trails.

They then tried to erase the costs incurred by hiring the Bygmalion PR firm to invoice the party instead of the campaign.

Sarkozy’s wrongdoing in the whole mess is having kept quiet after realizing that the law had been breached by his party.

This was after a Paris court ruled that he may not have known everything partaking to the fraud.

Ever since Mr Sarkozy who lost his presidential term in 2012 to François Hollande, he’s faced a number of legal challenges from different groups.

He was in 2014 given a suspended jail term for alleged bribery of a judge.

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