Time: 30 March 2018
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, his lawyer Thierry Herzog, and Gilbert Azibert, then a senior judge in France’s highest court, will face trial over charges of corruption and misuse of influence.
According to prosecutors, Sarkozy’s lawyer tried to get information from Azibert over the status of a campaign financing investigation.
In that inquiry, Sarkozy was suspected of accepting illicit payments from the L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign.
At the beginning of 2012, Sarkozy appeared before court for charges of illegally funding of his electoral campaign.
In a related matter, the British judiciary released Alexander al-Jawhari, a French businessman of Algerian descent, in a bail for health issues. Jawhari was arrested on charges of Libyan funding of Sarkozy campaign in 2007.
Alexander al-Jawhari, who is wanted by French courts, was bailed for 1.14 million euros at a hearing in London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court last Friday, Judge Emma Arbuthnot said Thursday. The judge said that she would re-evaluate Djouhri’s situation “weekly depending on his health”. Jawhari suffers from heart problems and is supposed to undergo surgery on Thursday, a source close to the case said.
Jawhari’s name appeared in a suspicious deal with Libya and in the case of helping a prominent figure of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi regime to flee France.
At that time, and following a three-year investigation, prosecutors in Paris had no sufficient evidence on a Libyan funding but a series of worrying testimonies and elements. Jawhari was released after paying a bail. Yet, in February, he was arrested again but was also released for his health condition.