/ 02 March 2021

Former French president sentenced to jail

Nicolas Sarkozy has set an unenviable record – he’s the first former president of France to receive a custodial sentence. That happened overnight when he was sentenced to 3 years in jail (with 2 of those years suspended) for corruption. The 66yo (better known to some as Mr Carla Bruni…) was at the top of the nation’s government between 2007-12. The conviction relates to a bribe he offered a judge in 2014 when he dangled the promise of a prestigious job in return for information about an investigation into claims he’d accepted illegal campaign payments from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. Pundits say he’s expected to appeal – a process that could take years – and he’ll remain free while that’s worked through. Sarkozy also faces a raft of other legal woes from his time in office.

And speaking of political leaders’ legal wrangling, deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been seen for the first time since the 1 February coup when she appeared for a court hearing via video link with still more charges levelled against her. Her lawyers said they believe she’s in good health. The weekend’s unrest has not simmered down, even as military boss Min Aung Hlaing delivered a televised address last night saying the nation’s protest leaders would be punished.

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