The Paris Court of Appeal rejected on Tuesday February 7 the two priority questions of constitutionality (QPC) raised in December by Nicolas Sarkozy and lawyer Thierry Herzog during their appeal trial for corruption and influence peddling in the case "
At the end of the debates, three years of suspended prison sentence had been requested against the former head of state, his historical lawyer and the former magistrate of the Court of Cassation Gilbert Azibert in this file which has its origin in telephone tapping between Nicolas Sarkozy and Thierry Herzog in early 2014. The judgment is expected on May 17.
The two questions
During the trial, two QPCs had been filed by the defense with the aim of contesting the regularity of the proceedings against the two men, suspected of having promised their support for the career of Gilbert Azibert in early 2014 to reward him for interventions in a file then examined by the Court of Cassation.
The Paris Court of Appeal announced on Tuesday that it refused to transmit these QPCs to the Court of Cassation, which would have been the first step before a possible referral to the Constitutional Council.
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A first QPC challenged the legality of the use of lawyers' fadettes during the investigations and the second was linked to the parallel and decried investigation which had been launched by the national financial prosecutor's office to try to identify a possible mole having informed Nicolas Sarkozy that he was tapped.
This so-called “
” investigation, which led the investigators to go through the telephone records of tenors from the bar, ended in a dismissal and caused an outcry.