French detectives have witness accounts and documents that indicate that the Libyan dictator Qaddafi, the presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007 helped finance. The ex-president remained hitherto deny.
Nicolas Sarkozy since early this morning, answered in Nanterre, near Paris, by the Bureau for the fight against corruption and against financial and tax infringements. He can 48 hours be held …
Nicolas Sarkozy since early this morning, answered in Nanterre, near Paris, by the Bureau for the fight against corruption and against financial and tax infringements. He can 48 hours be held. At the end of the hearing will have a judge decide whether there is enough burden of proof to the ex-president in accusation.
The detectives bite since 2013 in the affair, which launched by Mediapart in 2012. The media published when a Libyan document that notification is made of the funding by Libya, in the 2006-2007 period of the campaign of Sarkozy in may 2007 the presidential election won.
Since then, the detectives can get their hands on the documents, they have phone calls intercepted, and testimonies collected from the network map. An overview of the main players.
The French-Lebanese businessman would be if the intermediary acted. He said in 2016 that he was between 2006 and 2007, three suitcases with cash money delivered at the French ministry of the Interior, where Sarkozy was working as a minister. It was, according to him, 5 million euro, which were handed to Claude Guéant, the then chief of staff to Sarkozy.
The former employee of Sarkozy is accused for money laundering. In
march 2008 was eur 500,000 deposited into his bank account by a lawyer in Malaysia. Guéant himself states that this money came from the sale of two paintings of the Flemish masters. Unbelievable, does the court.
The detectives fell in 2015 inside in the Swiss house
of the French-Algerian businessman Alexandre Djouhri and names documents in attachment. The confidant of Sarkozy, was in close contact with Bechir Saleh, the former chief of staff to the late Qaddafi, and made sure that Saleh after the revolution in 2011 could escape to Paris and later to Africa. Djouhri, was arrested in London on the basis of a European aanhoudingsmandaat, came early this year free under deposit and is waiting for his extradition to France.
Through their Norwegian colleagues got the French court to keep a notebook in the hands of Choukri Ghanem, who was a minister for Oil, was under Gaddafi. His body was in 2012, found in the Danube near Vienna. In the diary are, according to French media also a few sentences about the millions of euros that the Libyan regime in 2007 transferred would have to Paris.
The question is why the French court has decided Sarkozy now to be questioned. As possible, indicates that the officers of a breakthrough have been realized. The newspaper Le Monde writes that ” several former Libyan officials from the era of Gaddafi, the new elements are implemented would have the suspicion of illegal financing’.
Fabrice Arfi, journalist of Mediapart in 2012, everything is in motion and a book about the affair, he says that the office of the public prosecutor in the Libyan capital of Tripoli to get in contact with the French court. “That suggests that a number of Libyan dignitarissen – and not the least – are starting to talk.’ If that’s true, it does not look good for Sarkozy.