French top court hears case crucial to Nicolas Sarkozy's future

Nicolas Sarkozy's lawyers asked France's highest court on Thursday to throw out evidence obtained through wiretaps of phone conversations between the former French president and his main lawyer.

hidden January 28, 2016 17:50:36 IST
French top court hears case crucial to Nicolas Sarkozy's future

Paris: Nicolas Sarkozy's lawyers asked France's highest court on Thursday to throw out evidence obtained through wiretaps of phone conversations between the former French president and his main lawyer.

It is one of several legal cases in which the opposition leader's name has appeared, but the most potentially damaging to his political future. He's expected to seek the conservative nomination to run for president again next year.

French top court hears case crucial to Nicolas Sarkozys future

Ex French President Nicolas Sarkozy . AFP PHOTO

Sarkozy is under preliminary charges for active corruption and influence-peddling based on information gleaned from the phone taps in 2013-2014. His lawyers have said they were carried out in breach of a lawyer-client privilege.

A lower court ruled the phone taps didn't break any laws, and Sarkozy appealed. The Cour de cassation heard the case on Thursday and will rule at a later date. Sarkozy did not attend.

His phones were tapped as part of an investigation into suspected illegal financing of his successful 2007 presidential campaign. But conversations heard via the phone taps brought to light a completely new legal case.

During Thursday's hearing, the lawyers also argued that the evidence gathered from the phone taps was illegally diverted from the initial investigation to launch a new one without specific authorization.

While his name has been mentioned in many legal cases since 2010, Sarkozy has never been convicted of wrongdoing or been sent to trial.

If the court rules the wiretapping was legal, the preliminary charges against Sarkozy will stand in the legal case that has the greatest chances of seeing him put on trial in the near future.

If it's ruled illegal, Sarkozy will enjoy a boost ahead of what is expected to be a tough conservative primary later this year.

AP

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