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Case of "tapping": the PNF will also appeal the decision

2021-03-04T19:37:51.305Z

The National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) will cross-appeal the decision of the Paris court on Monday, which sentenced Nicolas Sarkozy to prison in the so-called “ tapping ” affair , according to the PNF. To read also: Nicolas Sarkozy: "I cannot accept to have been condemned for what I did not do" This appeal, which follows that of the former head of state and his co-defendants, will allo



The National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) will cross-appeal the decision of the Paris court on Monday, which sentenced Nicolas Sarkozy to prison in the so-called “

tapping

affair

, according to the PNF.

To read also: Nicolas Sarkozy: "I cannot accept to have been condemned for what I did not do"

This appeal, which follows that of the former head of state and his co-defendants, will allow the court of appeal to have full latitude to re-judge the case, including going beyond the sentences handed down. in the first place.

According to the law, in the absence of such an appeal from the public prosecutor, a court of appeal cannot pronounce heavier sentences than at first instance.

In a historic decision on Monday March 1, Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced by the 32nd correctional chamber for corruption and influence peddling to three years' imprisonment, one of which was closed.

His lawyer Thierry Herzog and the former high magistrate Gilbert Azibert were inflicted the same sanction, along with a five-year ban on practice for Thierry Herzog.

Having become the first ex-head of state to be sentenced to prison, Nicolas Sarkozy immediately announced that he was going to appeal.

The “

eavesdropping

” case should be retried in 2022, then the three men would then have the possibility of lodging an appeal in cassation.

They face ten years in prison and a fine of 1 million euros.

Wednesday evening on TF1, the former president said he was the victim of a "

deep injustice

".

To read also: Benedetti: "Nicolas Sarkozy remains a political animal even if he would be in difficulty"

He had already said in the morning that he did not rule out going to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if he did not succeed.

While some of his supporters had spoken of "

political justice

", Nicolas Sarkozy refused to use these words.

If several on the right questioned the role of the PNF in this trial, the former president assured that he was not asking "for

the dissolution of any institution

".

Earlier, in a rare speech, the president of the judicial tribunal of Paris had called "

solemnly

" "

to respect the judicial institution

", after strong criticism against the judgment.

Source: lefigaro

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