French ex-minister Guéant questioned in case ‘Kazachgate’

Claude Guéant (72), secretary-general of the Elysée under president Nicolas Sarkozy, and thereafter, under the same president, minister of Internal Affairs, according to the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche interviewed in the framework of the research to Kazachgate’.

According to the newspaper, it was Guéant last week arrested and questioned about his role in ‘Kazachgate’. After the end of the interrogation by the Central office for the fight against corruption and financial and tax offences (OCLCIFF), he was allowed to go home. The investigating judge can have him later still calls to him in a state of accusation.

A former advisor of Sarkozy, Jean-François Etienne des Rosaies, and former senator Aymeri de Montesquiou are in the meantime already been charged in the case. Investigators in France are trying to determine what ties these two had with Guéant during that period. That last has any irregularity still disputed.

Patokh Chodiev

The research around ‘Kazachgate’ owes its name to the Belgian-Uzbek billionaire Patokh Chodiev, who in 2011 was the very first of the new Belgian afkoopwet used for its legal prosecution to make it disappear. That law about the extended amicable settlement was unusually fast by the parliament to be hunted.

When Guéant in may last year for the ‘Kazachgate’commission appeared, he gave much to the surprise of several committee members that regulate the issues of Chodiev and his bandmates in 2010 is indeed a state for France. One of the lawyers who, when the French worked, was senator Armand De Decker (MR). When the last official suspected of ‘improper influence’ in ‘Kazachgate’, he stepped out of his party.

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