Campaign finance trial verdict of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected soon
On Thursday, judges are set to rule in the prosecution of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for allegedly inflating election campaign costs.
The prosecution is requesting a one-year jail term, suspended for six months, and a fine.
The defence is requesting that he be acquitted.
Sarkozy has refuted the allegations.
He was accused of unlawfully funding his ultimately unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2012.
Sarkozy’s team is believed to have spent at least 42.8 million euros.
In France, election campaign expenditure is limited in order to ensure greater equality among candidates.
At the time, the maximum allowable campaign spending was 22.5 million euros.
Expenses are claimed to have been concealed through a system of false invoices by his then-party UMP, which has since been renamed the Republicans, to cover up the additional expenditure.
Thirteen additional defendants face fraud or aiding and abetting accusations.
The judiciary is also looking into a separate investigation into suspected payments made by Libya during the 2007 election campaign.
Sarkozy was convicted in March to three years in jail, two of which were suspended, for bribery and improper influence.
He stated at the time that he would file an appeal.
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