Nicolas Sarkozy Placed Under Investigation

by Editor | July 2, 2014 1:46 am

BBC – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has placed under formal investigation over alleged influence peddling.

He appeared before a judge late on Tuesday, after presenting himself early that morning for police questioning, which lasted 15 hours.

This is thought to be the first time a former French head of state has been held in police custody.

Mr Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, was also placed under formal investigation as part of the same case.

A magistrate, Gilbert Azibert, also appeared before a judge.

When a suspect is placed under formal investigation, he or she is then examined by a judge, who determines whether there is sufficient evidence for the suspect to be charged.

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