MOSCOW, July 1 (RIA Novosti) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was detained on Tuesday for questioning on suspicion of “influence-peddling,” Reuters reported citing a legal source.
“Mr. Sarkozy has been summoned to Nanterre and is being held for questioning,” the source told the agency.
The authorities have the right to hold Sarkozy for 24 hours for questioning on possible corruption charges, with a possible one-day extension.
Sarkozy is being interrogated a day after the French investigators questioned his lawyer Thierry Herzog.
Law enforcement officers are probing Sarkozy to find out if he, assisted by Herzog, tried to influence the ruling on a different case. The former president is suspected of trying to obtain restricted information from one of the courts about the progress of another investigation.
Sarkozy was also allegedly tipped about his cellular phone being tapped by investigators looking into the suspected financing of his 2007 election campaign by former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Given reports of Sarkozy’s plans of a political comeback, the legal proceedings may jeopardize his future career.