Sarkozy faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years

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A penalty of 5 to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine may be imposed on former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been charged with establishing a criminal association. This is reported by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office of the country.

“Ten years in prison and a fine of 150 thousand euros is provided if the criminal association had the purpose to prepare a crime, which is punishable by 10 years in prison,” – explained the interlocutor of the agency.

If a criminal association acted in order to prepare a crime that is punishable by at least five years in prison, the penalty may be five years in prison and a 75 thousand euro fine.

The agency representative also specified that the article on criminal association provides different penalties depending on the acts committed. She added that she did not have the details of the case, so she could not give an exact answer about the act in question.

Earlier, on 16 October, the French national financial prosecutor’s office had charged Sarkozy with involvement in a criminal association in a case involving the alleged financing of his presidential campaign in 2007 by Libya. Sarkozy, in turn, promised to prove his innocence.