Top French court rules wiretaps on Sarkozy admissible

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Posted: Mar 22, 2016 9:36 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - France's top appeals court ruled on Tuesday that wiretaps on former President Nicolas Sarkozy were legal and admissible as evidence, opening the way for him to stand trial for alleged corruption in a blow to his hopes of a presidential comeback.

Sarkozy's lawyers had argued that investigating magistrates had exceeded their powers and gone on a "fishing expedition" in bugging the conservative politician's conversations with his lawyer on a mobile phone rented under an alias.

But the Court of Cassation rejected his appeal, saying the wiretaps were for the most part valid.

(Reporting by Gerard Bon; Writing by Paul Taylor; Editing by James Regan)