France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail for corruption.
Sarkozy was convicted of trying to bribe a judge in 2014 by suggesting he could secure a prestigious job for him in return for information about a case in which he was involved. He will also face another trial along with 13 other people on charges of illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign.
The trial marked the first time in France’s modern history that a former president has been tried for corruption. Sarkozy’s predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was found guilty in 2011 of misuse of public money and given a two-year suspended prison sentence for actions during his time as Paris mayor.
Kenya’s Judiciary should learn from France and fast track high profile cases, convicting culpable prominent people, for the country to win the war on corruption.