‘Sarkozy should stand trial for il­le­gal spend’

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A Rus­sian blog­ger who has been sent to pre-trial de­ten­tion for play­ing Poke­mon Go in a church has ap­pealed against his ar­rest. Rus­sian news agen­cies yes­ter­day quoted a lo­cal court in the city of Yeka­ter­in­burg as say­ing that they have re­ceived an ap­peal from Rus­lan Sokolovsky who was or­dered last week to stay be­hind bars at least un­til Novem­ber pend­ing trial.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have charged the 21-year old blog­ger with en­tic­ing reli­gious ha­tred, the same of­fence that sent two women from the Pussy Riot punk col­lec­tive to prison for two years in 2012. Sokolovsky has posted a video on his on­line blog show­ing him­self play­ing the smart­phone game in a church built on the sup­posed spot where the fam­ily of the last Rus­sian tsar Ni­cholas II was killed. A Paris prose­cu­tor has re­quested a crim­i­nal trial for for­mer Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Sarkozy over sus­pected il­le­gal over­spend­ing on his failed 2012 re-elec­tion cam­paign. The Paris prose­cu­tor’s of­fice said yes­ter­day that it has asked in­ves­ti­gat­ing judges to send Sarkozy and 13 oth­ers to court in the case. It’s now up to the judges to de­cide whether Sarkozy must stand trial. Sarkozy an­nounced his bid for next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion last month and faces a pri­mary in Novem­ber against a dozen other con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates. In Fe­bru­ary, the judges handed Sarkozy pre­lim­i­nary charges of al­leged il­le­gal cam­paign fi­nanc­ing over an in­voice sys­tem his party and a com­pany named Byg­malion al­legedly used to con­ceal unau­tho­rised over­spend­ing. In a sep­a­rate case, Sarkozy has been given pre­lim­i­nary charges of cor­rup­tion and in­flu­en­ceped­dling.

AC­CUSED: For­mer French Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Sarkozy

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