French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to three years in jail

Monday, 01 March 2021 - 19:52

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French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail, two of them suspended, for corruption.

The 66-year-old was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate by offering him a prestigious job in return for information about a separate criminal case against Sarkozy.

He is the first former French president to receive a custodial sentence.

The magistrate and Sarkozy's former lawyer got similar sentences. All three defendants are expected to appeal.

In the ruling, the judge in Paris said Sarkozy could serve a year at home with an electronic tag, rather than go to prison.

The conservative politician "knew what [he] was doing was wrong", the judge said, adding that his actions and those of his lawyer had given the public "a very bad image of justice"., two of them suspended, for corruption.

The 66-year-old was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate by offering him a prestigious job in return for information about a separate criminal case against Sarkozy.

He is the first former French president to receive a custodial sentence.

The magistrate and Sarkozy's former lawyer got similar sentences. All three defendants are expected to appeal.