Bygmalion case: Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to one year in prison | The HuffPost – The HuffPost

Benoit Tessier via Reuters

Nicolas Sarkozy in court, November 30, 2020.

JUSTICE – Found guilty. The criminal court condemned this Thursday, September 30, the former president Nicolas sarkozy to one year in prison for “illegal campaign financing” in the case of the overspending of his 2012 presidential campaign. The sentence will be directly converted into an electronic bracelet, the court said. His lawyer immediately announced that he is appealing the decision.

The former president, who did not attend the deliberation, “continued the organization of meetings”, after being “warned in writing of the risk of exceeding” the legal ceiling, said the president. “It was not his first campaign, he had experience as a candidate,” continued the magistrate.

The prosecution had requested against Nicolas Sarkozy a year in prison, including six months suspended. He has always denied having benefited from the fraud, having means much greater than those allowed by law – at least 42.8 million in total, almost double the legal ceiling at the time.

His 13 co-convicts also condemned

Unlike his 13 co-defendants (former executives of the campaign and the UMP – now LR – as well as of the Bygmalion company, which organized the meetings), Nicolas Sarkozy was not blamed for the imagined double billing system to hide the explosion in authorized campaign spending. They received sentences ranging from 2 years to 3.5 years in prison.

Jérôme Lavrilleux, chief of staff of Jean-François Copé then boss of the UMP and deputy director of the campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy, who is the only one to have partially admitted the fraud, was sentenced to 3 years in prison, including 2 years closed. His sentence will also be adjusted. He also receives an additional 3-year ineligibility sentence.

Entangled in business, Nicolas Sarkozy had become in March the first former president of the Fifth Republic to be sentenced to prison – three years, one of which is closed -, for corruption and influence peddling, in the so-called “wiretapping” affair. He appealed.

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