Former French president Sarkozy set for trial over 2012 marketing campaign

France’s Constitutional Council cleared the way in which on Friday for former president Nicolas Sarkozy to be tried over alleged unlawful financing of his failed re-election marketing campaign in 2012.

Sarkozy had appealed to the council invoking the “double-jeopardy” precept as a result of he had already been convicted in 2013 and ordered to pay greater than 360,000 euros for breaching campaign-finance guidelines.

However in its resolution on Friday, the council dominated that the penalty Sarkozy was ordered to pay in 2013 was for various violations and completely different quantities than the fraud he and 13 co-defendants are actually being investigated for.

The case now hinges on the nation’s prime enchantment court docket, the Cour de Cassation, the place Sarkozy, 64, has lodged a separate enchantment. If that too is rejected, the case will return to prosecutors who will determine whether or not he must be tried.

If he’s, Sarkozy can be the primary French president within the dock since Jacques Chirac, who preceded him on the helm of the nation from 1995 to 2007. Chirac was convicted of misusing public funds and given a suspended jail time period in 2011.

The so-called “Bygmalion” case towards Sarkozy facilities on accusations that the previous president’s political celebration, then referred to as the UMP, labored with a pleasant public relations agency to cover the true price of his re-election bid.

France units strict limits on marketing campaign spending. Prosecutors allege the PR agency, Bygmalion, invoiced UMP fairly than the marketing campaign, permitting Sarkozy to spend nearly double the permitted quantity.

Despite the fact that investigating magistrates discovered no proof that Sarkozy arrange the fraudulent system, took half in it or was even knowledgeable about it, they thought-about it unlikely that he had left it solely to employees to take selections on such issues.

Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing.

“We will solely be disillusioned by this resolution,” Sarkozy’s lawyer Emmanuel Piwnica informed LCI TV station.

After 5 years in energy, Sarkozy was defeated by Socialist Celebration candidate Francois Hollande within the 2012 election.

Sarkozy has since confronted a collection of investigations into allegations of corruption, fraud, favoritism and campaign-funding irregularities.

He has since retired from politics, after dropping in a main election bid to develop into his celebration’s candidate for the 2017 presidential election.