Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to face trial for corruption
01 April, 2018, 02:38 | Author: Austin Daniel
Sarkozy's lawyers said he would appeal the decision to send him to court, initially reported by the daily Le Monde.
The charges - for corruption and the abuse of influence - emerged as the latest twist in a tangled web of suspected wrongdoing that Sarkozy, France's conservative president between 2007 and 2012, has doggedly denied. He was handed preliminary charges just last week in the most shocking affair: accusations that he took millions in illegal campaign financing from then-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. "He does not doubt that once again the truth will triumph", his lawyers said in a statement.
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A former minister and close ally of Sarkozy, Brice Hortefeux, was also being questioned by police in relation to the Libya investigation, another source close to the probe said.
Mr Takieddine claims he delivered three suitcases stuffed with cash to Paris between 2006 and 2007, and handed them over to Mr Sarkozy in the interior ministry when he was a minister.
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Mr Sarkozy's lawyers had previously argued that magistrates investigating the alleged secret Libyan funding exceeded their powers and went on a fishing expedition by tapping his conversations between September 2013 and March 2014, breaching lawyer-client privilege.
The trial order adds to Sarkozy's legal battles.
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