Sarkozy to face trial for corruption, misuse of influence

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Sarkozy and his lawyers argued that the wiretapping violated attorney-client privilege and that the secretly monitored communications should be deemed inadmissible in court.

A French judicial official said Sarkozy, who led the country from 2007 to 2012, must go to trial along with one of his lawyers and a former magistrate on charges of active corruption and influence peddling. He has denied wrongdoing. "He does not doubt that once again the truth will triumph", the statement said.

A former minister and close ally of Sarkozy, Brice Hortefeux, was also being questioned by police in relation to the Libya investigation, another source close to the probe said.

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In this December 10 2007 file photo, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, greets Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace, in Paris.

The case came about after investigators used phone-taps to examine separate allegations that late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi funded Mr Sarkozy's campaign. It is unclear whether or not the Azibert ever provided the requested information, however, Azibert has been ordered to stand for trial alongside Sarkozy.

Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate matter concerning financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012, when he was defeated by Francois Hollande.

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In this long-standing case Sarkozy is accused of bribery, abuse of authority and concealing the fact of a breach of professional secrecy. Thursday's order, first reported by France's Le Monde newspaper, is only the latest in a rapidly multiplying list of charges against the former president.

LONDON:A key figure arrested as part of the campaign financing investigation against French politician Nicolas Sarkozy has been granted bail by a British court on health grounds. He could ultimately stand trial in the Libya case as well.

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