Sarkozy will attend the trial of former collaborators as a witness

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy must appear as a witness in the trial of five former collaborators for allegedly fraudulent election awards after the former president evaded the case on the immunity he enjoyed from the alleged irregularities.

The verdict goes back to a complaint by the anti-corruption organization Anticor, which questioned the granting of 300 surveys during the period in which Sarkozy led the Elysee because they were hand-held polls or they were useless.

Sarkozy will attend the trial of former collaborators as a witness
Sarkozy will attend the trial of former collaborators as a witness

Five people have been sitting on the bench since Monday, including Claude Guéant, former General Secretary of the Presidency. Sarkozy was expelled for having immunity as president, but Anticor has successfully petitioned for him to appear in court, albeit as a witness.

The court summoned him on November 2nd, claiming that his immunity “did not prevent him from appearing as a witness,” according to the newspaper “Le Figaro”. Prosecutors have claimed that Sarkozy’s testimony is essential to learn the truth about all of this alleged network.

The former president, who is still popular with French Conservatives, rallies several judicial fronts, two of which have already been concluded in conviction. In March he was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for corruption and influence, and in September to one year in prison for illegal campaign funding.

In addition, proceedings are pending over another campaign carried out before the 2007 presidential election, particularly over doubts about the funds he received from the Libyan regime led by Muammar al-Gaddafi.

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