Sarkozy Given One-Year Sentence for Illegal Campaign Financing

A French court has given a one-year jail sentence to Former French President Sarkozy for illegal campaign financing.

According to the unnamed court, Sarkozy was guilty of massive overspending on his 2012 re-election campaign and “voluntarily neglected” to monitor his expenses.

Because of the neglect, Sarkozy spent at least €42.8 million, nearly twice the legal limit that was allowed to be spent on campaigning. 

Prosecutors in Sarkozy’ss illegal campaigning case initially wanted a six-month jail term but the crime usually carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a fine of €3,750.

Aside from Sarkozy, his former campaign manager, several Bygmalion executives, and some former directors of Sarkozy’s The Republicans party were also tried and sentenced. 

Sarkozy’s lawyer Thierry Herzog said they would try to appeal for house arrest after the verdict was announced.

Before the recent sentencing, Sarkozy was also found guilty of corruption in a separate trial six months ago for attempting to secure favors from a judge.

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