Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is set to appeal the ruling that slapped him with one year jail term and years of suspended sentence for influence peddling and corruption.
Through his lawyers, the former 65 year old president is seeking to throw a case that found him guilty and sentenced him with two others to jail.
According to the judges, there was “serious evidence” of conspiracy amongst the three to break the law. The court heard how Nicholas Sarkozy instructed his attorney Thierry Herzog to give the magistrate an easy job on the Côte d’Azur in exchange of information regarding investigations on the politician.
However, it is most unlikely that the former president will spend in jail since one year prison sentence can be served under certain conditions amongst them being confined at home or putting on an electronic bracelet. Mr. Sarkozy is also expected to challenge the ruling in the court of appeal.
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Prior to the ruling, Sarkozy had stated that he welcomed the hearing since it would provide him with the opportunity to clean his name.
“I am combative. I have no intention of being accused of things I haven’t done. I’m not corrupt and what has been inflicted on me is a scandal that will rest in the annals. The truth will out,” Sarkozy told BFMTV.