Sarkozy lawyer calls charges 'scandalous'

AP News
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 4:56 AM

PARIS (AP) — A lawyer for Nicolas Sarkozy slammed an investigation into the campaign finances of former French president, saying he is being treated "scandalously."

Thierry Herzog says Friday that Sarkozy remains "combative" but still considers that he "has been treated scandalously."

Herzog's comments on French radio RTL come a day after a judge filed preliminary charges against Sarkozy, formally placing him under investigation over allegations he illegally took donations from France's richest woman on the way to his 2007 election victory.

Sarkozy is charged with "abuse of someone in an impaired state" in the case involving L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt, who is now 90.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 3 years imprisonment and a 375,000 euro ($484,000) fine.