Due to rumors which were rife regarding abuse of authority while in office, Nicolas Sarkozy has been held by officials for questioning. The former French prime minister’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, along with two magistrates, has been taken into custody regarding the misuse of power.
According to the Guardian, the investigators suspect 59-year-old Sarkozy "sought to obtain inside information from one of the magistrates about the progress of another inquiry and that he was tipped off that his mobile phone had been tapped by judges looking into the alleged financing of his 2007 election campaign by former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi."
Sarkozy detained for allegedly having a network of police & judicial informers to follow investigation against him http://t.co/QRQN5CW1T5— Yasmine Ryan (@yasmineryan) July 1, 2014
While Sarkozy defended himself by saying that he was innocent until proven guilty, the facts say otherwise. There is proof that he favored a job for a magistrate in Monaco on the basis of certain concessions regarding corruption charges against him.
With Sarkozy in police custody, his hopes and dreams of contesting the elections three years from now have been dashed against the rocks of reality. The corruption scandal will probably stick and make his name synonymous with wrongdoing and shady dealings.
The telephone conversations between Sarkozy and his lawyer were tapped and the result was that some of the information suggested hanky-panky.
There are also allegations of Sarkozy having been aided by huge funds of money from the late Libyan leader Gaddafi’s coffers for his election campaign.
It has been further alleged that Sarkozy became suspicious that he was being eavesdropped on and so he got another fake phone name for contacting his lawyer.
It’s been said that Sarkozy also obtained illegal money from an extremely rich woman, the L’Oreal heiress, Lillian Bettencourt. The evidence from both the lawyer and the magistrates points the finger at Sarkozy as having been the guilty party.
STILL waiting on Irish corruption Bill (general scheme published in 2012) which will make "trading in influence" illegal like #Sarkozy case.— Elaine Byrne (@ElaineByrne) July 1, 2014
This is not the first time that a French head of state is guilty of a serious crime. Prior to Sarkozy’s entry into office, Jacques Chirac was charged with embezzlement of money and breach of trust.
The French prime minister may he held in custody for a day and this may be lengthened by another 24 hours if things do not work out. It all depends upon the mood of the authorities and how they see the situation.
One of Sarkozy’s opponents quipped that everyone was used to surprises coming from the direction of the French prime minister so it was nothing to get all riled up about.