Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Face Trial For Corruption [UPDATE II – Libya Spy Chief : “Gaddafi Funded Sarkozy’s Campaign”]

“Sarkozy has to give back the money he accepted from Libya to finance his electoral campaign. We financed his campaign and we have the proof… The first thing we’re demanding is that this clown gives back the money to the Libyan people.”

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi — March 2011

March 29 2018 — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will face trial for corruption and influence peddling. Meanwhile… Hard evidence of Libyan funding are quickly piling up. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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UPDATE (February 22 2019) — Two judges who travelled from Paris to Tripoli this week interviewed former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi, who was also the brother-in-law of Gaddafi, as part of their ongoing investigation into financial ties between Libya and Sarkozy, particularly in the run up to the 2007 French elections.

French Mediapart news website said it had gained access to extracts from the statements provided by Senussi, who reportedly detailed to French officials how he oversaw the multi-million dollar payment for Sarkozy’s campaign, as ordered by Colonel Gaddafi.

“Senussi also confirmed that as part of the deal, the former French president’s personal lawyer and friend Thierry Herzog attempted to overturn an international arrest warrant issued against Senussi, after his conviction in absentia by a Paris court for his part in the blowing up of a French airliner [UTA 772] in 1989. (…)

Yet Senussi’s latest statement is also believed to detail the time frame in which the money was transferred to the French interior minister over two instalments in 2006.

According to Mediapart, Senussi’s testimony is in line with some of the evidence already collected by the investigators, while other details still need fact-checking.”

END of UPDATE

Mr Sarkozy allegedly sought to influence  a judge — Gilbert Azibert — who was looking into suspected illegal financing of his campaign.

Independently, Sarkozy is also suspected to have accepted €50m from Gaddafi’s regime.

These claims have been repeated by Saif al-Islam Gaddafithe late Libyan dictator’s son — and French businessman Ziad Takieddine.

In 2014, the investigators wiretapped phone-calls from Paul Bismuth to judge Azibert.

During these phone calls, Mr Bismuth offered a prestigious role in Monaco to Mr Azibert in exchange for information on the suspect financing case.

When the Police visited Mr Sarkozy at his house, they called Mr Bismuth’s number and the phone in Sarkozy’s pocket rang.

That phone had been acquired by Thierry Herzog, Mr Sarkozy’s lawyer.

Sarkozy and his attorneys had argued that the wiretapping violated attorney-client privilege. Therefore, according to them, their wiretapped communications should be deemed inadmissible in court.

However,  their appeal was rejected by the Cour de Cassation — the nation’s highest judicial body — in 2016.

The judge and Mr Sarkozy’s lawyer are also expected to stand trial.

UPDATE (May 23 2018) —  This week, new details have emerged regarding the biggest political corruption scandal to hit France in decades.

Moftah Missouri, a former Libyan diplomat and French translator of the late Gaddafi, claims that he was present when Sarkozy announce to Gaddafi that he would run for the Presidency. If true, Gaddafi was the first leader to be informed of Sarkozy’s intention.

According to Missouri, Gaddafi replied that Libya would help him. When asked what ‘help’ means in this case, Missouri said that there was not much Gaddafi could offer: either oil or money.

The exact amount is still unknown, but various sources have said that Libya financed Sarkozy’s presidential campaign with several millions of euros.

Saleh Bashir — a former aide of Gaddafi — was head of the Libyan African Portfolio, a sovereign wealth fund that invested Libya’s oil wealth.

Although Bashir has denied it for years, he now confirms that Libya funded Sarkozy’s 2007 campaign.

It is not entirely clear why Bashir has decided to confirm now the allegation he denied in the past.

On February 23, 2018, Bashir was the target of an assassination attempt near his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. Perhaps, this incident changed his mind.

On September 5 2017, the French ‘Anti-Corruption office’ completed a devastating 22-pages report detailing the evidence of Libyan payments to the Sarkozy presidential campaign.

Sarkozy-Kadhafi : Elise Lucet a mené l’enquête pour “Cash Investigation” – C l’hebdo – 19/05/2018

REFERENCES

France’s Sarkozy ‘to face corruption trial’ — BBC News

UPDATE

Gaddafi funded Sarkozy’s campaign, Libya spy chief tells French judges — Middle East Monitor

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