French judges on Monday postponed the corruption trial of former president Nicolas Sarkozy until November 26 to assess the health of one of his co-defendants.
Sarkozy was set to go on trial Monday for attempted bribery of a judge in what could turn into a humiliating postscript to a political career tainted by a litany of legal woes.
The ex-president, along with his lawyer Thierry Herzog and judge Gilbert Azibert, are accused of corruption.
A lawyer for Azibert asked for the trial to be suspended because his client was at high risk of contracting Covid-19 given a long-term heart condition.
The judges ordered an independent medical assessment by Thursday before deciding whether to go ahead with the trial or suspend it.
Though Sarkozy won’t be the first modern French head of state in the dock – his predecessor and political mentor Jacques Chirac was convicted of embezzlement – he is the first to face corruption charges.
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