The former French president, Nikolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of corruption and influence peddling by a court in Paris.
He was handed a one-year prison sentence and a two-year suspended sentence on March 1.
He will likely serve his prison sentence at home with an electronic bracelet but his lawyers have said they will appeal the verdict.
They have 10 days to do so.
Sarkozy, 66, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, was convicted of trying to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about a case he was involved in.
The police had launched an inquiry into allegations that Sarkozy had accepted illegal payments from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign.
The Paris prosecutors told judges that Sarkozy had offered to secure a job in Monaco for judge Gilbert Azibert, in return for confidential information into the case.
To understand the scale of his corruption, let us consider the overall situation.
The police had wiretapped Sarkozy’s phone after he left office in 2012 to investigate allegations that he had received a huge bribe for his 2007 campaign from the luckless Muammar Qaddafi of Libya.
In 2011, Sarkozy was in the forefront of the Western campaign to eliminate Qaddafi because he wanted to wipe out the evidence of the bribe he had received.
Qaddafi was publicly lynched in October 2011 after Western countries bombed the country for several months destroying its infrastructure.
The destruction of Libya and Qaddafi’s lynching unleashed the terrorists that are still creating havoc in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
The North African country has been destroyed virtually beyond repair causing massive suffering to the Libyan people.
In an attempt to subvert justice, Sarkozy and his lawyer, Thierry Herzog had set up a secret number in a fictional name, Paul Bismuth, through which the former president communicated with his lawyer.
The police wiretapping of this phone line led to further discoveries about L’Oreal’s secret payments to his 2007 campaign.
The court said Sarkozy, a former lawyer himself, was “perfectly informed” about committing such illegal action.
His two co-defendants—the former judge and Sarkozy’s lawyer—were also found guilty and handed the same sentence.
The French, and indeed the entire western political system is rotten to the core.
Just before he left office, Donald Trump had pardoned a long list of crooks that included his son-in-law’s father, as well as Steve Bannon, a right-wing ideologue and hardcore racist.
Sarkozy who made Islamophobia respectable in France is also due to go on trial in a separate case.
That trial will begin on March 17 and last until April 17.
The case relates to the so-called Bygmalion affair in which he is accused of having fraudulently overspent in his 2012 presidential campaign.
Like the con-man Trump in the US, Sarkozy remains popular in right-wing circles in France.
Both men are hardcore racists with Islamophobia being their particularly nasty trait.