Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French President was found guilty on Monday by a court in Paris on charges of trying to bribe a judge and influence peddling dating from his time in office. He received a three-year jail sentence with two of the years suspended.
The trial that was concluded in earlier, prosecutors accused Sarkozy and his lawyer of attempting to bribe a judge in exchange for confidential information on an inquiry looking into earlier allegations that during his 2007 presidential campaign, Sarkozy took illegal payments from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. The Bettencourt case was later dropped.
According to France 24 report, Sarkozy, 66, is allowed to ask to serve home confinement. The court sentenced Sarkozy to three years, but suspended two of those years – meaning he faces a year in jail.
He is also separately facing multiple other legal challenges.
Gilbert Azibert, the judge who was at the time a top appeals court magistrate, was allegedly offered a cushy job in Monaco in exchange for the information. Prosecutors said Sarkozy made the job offer through his attorney, Thierry Herzog, who was a co-defendant in the trial, as was Azibert. Herzog and Azibert were also found guilty by the court.
The guilty verdict against Sarkozy makes him the second ex-French president in recent years to be convicted of corruption. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was convicted in 2011.