Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sarkozy in Garde à Vue

Investigators seem to be closing in on former president Nicolas Sarkozy. He is now being held in garde à vue at the HQ of the Police Judiciaire of Nanterre, which is investigating charges of influence peddling stemming from an attempt to scotch another investigation of alleged illegal financing of Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign by Muammar Qaddafi, whom Sarkozy later helped topple from power (and, indirectly, kill). Got that?

Of course, the "presumption of innocence" remains.

En droit pénal français, la garde à vue est le maintien à disposition, sous contrainte, d'une personne soupçonnée d'avoir commis ou tenté de commettre un crime ou undélit, par les forces de police ou de gendarmerie dans le cadre d'une enquête judiciaire. C'est une mesure privative de liberté, d'une durée strictement limitée qui reste sous le contrôle permanent de l'autorité judiciaire. Le fait de s'y soustraire constitue une évasion, réprimée en tant que telle par le Code pénal.

Of course, the really flabbergasting thing is that while all this is going on, Sarko is preparing his political comeback and threatening to retake control of the UMP, whose present crisis was precipitated by a scandal involving the financing of his 2012 campaign. That the party would want him back with all of these criminal matters unresolved is a measure of the desperate straits to which it has been reduced.