Facing serious allegations of abuse of power, former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy has claimed that he has not betrayed the confidence of people and instead accused that the country’s justice system was being twisted for eking out “political ends”.
Sarkozy, who spent nearly a day in custody on Tuesday answering questions about his 2007 presidential campaign, said on that he was “profoundly shocked” over his 16-hour detention. It is an unprecedented case and Sarkozy is the first former head of the state to have been held in police custody for questioning.
Sarkozy is allegedly said to have sought confidential legal information about himself regarding the investigation into illegal campaign funding and in turn promised to offer a plum position to the concerned judge Gilbert Azibert.
The former French President has been embroiled in an inquiry over illegal funding for election campaign, and he is allegedly said to have taken donations from the slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2007.
Along with Sarkozy, his lawyer Thierry Herzog, and judge Mr Azibert are also placed under investigation.