Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France, has been re-convicted and sentenced to prison.
On Thursday, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty and sentenced to a year in prison for violating campaign financing laws during his unsuccessful re-election effort nearly a decade ago — his second conviction this year.
Sarkozy infringed campaign finance laws by exceeding a tight cap on political expenditure during his 2012 campaign, according to a French court.
Candidates could only spend a certain amount on their campaigns under French legislation at the time. Sarkozy allegedly spent about twice the legal limit, according to prosecutors.
He was also accused of using a public relations firm to conceal his genuine spending.
Sarkozy’s lawyer announced immediately after the judgment and sentencing on Thursday that he will appeal.
Most experts believe that Sarkozy will not have to serve his sentence in prison. He could be able to serve his sentence under house arrest.
Sarkozy has denied any involvement in the logistics or finance of his campaign, claiming that those responsibilities were outsourced to others on his staff.
However, the judge in the case dismissed such argument.
According to CNN, Nicolas Sarkozy stated, “Nicolas Sarkozy knew the spending limit.” “He knew he shouldn’t go over.”
Sarkozy was convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison for the second time this year on Thursday.
In March, the former French president was sentenced to three years in prison, with two years suspended, for attempting to bribe a judge to pass over sensitive material in a legal investigation. In the case, he also denied any misconduct.
Sarkozy is the first and only French president to be convicted of a crime twice, and there may be more. Prosecutors in France are looking into allegations that former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi illegally aided Sarkozy’s presidential campaign in 2007.
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