Judges to rule on legality of Sarkozy ‘corruption’ probe

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On Thursday January 28th, the criminal division of France’s top appeal court, the Cour de Cassation, heard an appeal from former French president Nicolas Sarkozy against a decision by investigating magistrates in July 2014 to place him under formal investigation over corruption allegations. Sarkozy was placed under investigation – one step short of charges bring brought – for “corruption” and “influence peddling” plus breaching professional secrecy rules over claims that he used his lawyer, Thierry Herzog, to obtain confidential legal information about the Bettencourt affair from senior judge Gilbert Azibert. In return Azibert is said to have sought help in getting a top job in Monaco. The two other men are also under formal investigation and were part of Thursday’s appeal hearing.

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