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Sarkozy indicted for “criminal association”

The former French head of state finds himself caught up in the courts in the investigation into suspicions of Libyan financing of his presidential campaign. The case dates back to 2007.

The former French head of state finds himself caught up in the courts in the investigation into suspicions of Libyan financing of his presidential campaign. The case dates back to 2007.

(AFP) – After four days of hearing the former President of the Republic, the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office on Friday confirmed the indictment of Nicolas Sarkozy. It is the fourth time that the politician finds himself in this situation in this file. The one who left the Elysee Palace in 2012 had already claimed to be the victim of a “conspiracy” after the indictments pronounced two years ago.

“Everyone can see that this is an unprecedented decision consistent with the investigations carried out. The procedure is ongoing ”, for his part reacted Me Vincent Brengarth, lawyer for the Sherpa anti-corruption association, civil party in this case.

On January 31, the magistrates had indicted for “criminal association” one of his former collaborators, Thierry Gaubert, suspected of having received funds from the Libyan regime of Gaddafi which could have fueled the campaign of the leader of the Republicans of the time. The former head of state had already been indicted in March 2018 for “passive corruption”, “concealment of embezzlement of public funds” and “illegal campaign financing”. He had also been placed under judicial supervision.

In 2016, businessman Ziad Takieddine – indicted in this case and on the run since his conviction in June in the financial aspect of the Karachi case – claimed to have postponed, between the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, 5 million euros to Mr Sarkozy, then Minister of the Interior, and to his chief of staff Claude Guéant.


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