‘Sarkozy should stand trial for illegal spend’
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