The trial of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy in the so-called ‘eavesdropping case’ began on Monday before the criminal court of Paris, where he is being tried for corruption and influence-peddling.
The hearing, which had barely begun, was immediately suspended until Thursday, pending the results of the medical expertise of Gilbert Azibert, a former magistrate and co-defendant, who decided not to appear before the court because of the risk linked to the coronavirus.
Sarkozy and co-accused lawyer Thierry Herzog are suspected of having tried to obtain classified information from Gilbert Azibert, in exchange for a position in Monaco. If found guilty, they could face a 10-ten-year prison sentence and €1 million fine.
The former head of state will face another trial in the coming months for allegedly using secret donations from Libya to fund his 2007 presidential campaign.
(Lucie Duboua-Lorsch | EURACTIV.fr)