As part of the investigation into allegations of alleged campaign money from Libya for former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, his home was searched and he himself was questioned. The search and questioning were conducted in connection with the retracted testimony of the original key witness in the Libyan affair.
Businessman Ziad Takieddine claimed in 2016 that in late 2006 or early 2007 he brought several suitcases containing millions of euros to the Paris Ministry of the Interior, which was then headed by Sarkozy and the funds were being prepared by the Libyan regime.
However, Takieddine later retracted his statement and stated in an interview that Sarkozy had not received any Libyan money for his presidential campaign. Takieddine later claimed that his testimony had been tampered with. The French judiciary is now investigating possible witness influence.
The Libyan affair revolves around the suspicion that during Sarkozy’s election campaign in 2007 illegal funds may have flowed from the regime of then Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi.
Sarkozy, who was president of France from 2007 to 2012, has always denied the allegations. Nevertheless, the financial prosecutor’s office has reported the 68-year-old, accusing him of misappropriation of public funds, corruption and illegal financing of election campaigns.
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