French judges postpone Sarkozy trial over health of one of defendants

 French judges postpone Sarkozy trial over health of one of defendants

November 23, 2020

PARIS (Reuters) – French judges on Monday postponed the trial of former president Nicolas Sarkozy until Nov. 26 to assess the health of one of his co-defendants.

Sarkozy, along with his lawyer Thierry Herzog and judge Gilbert Azibert were set to go on trial on Monday 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.

(Reporting by Tangi Salaun; writing by John Irish; editing by Geert De Clercq)

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