Sarkozy placed under formal investigation over illicit campaign funding

Sarkozy placed under formal investigation over illicit campaign funding

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy of France was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday as part of an inquiry into whether his 2007 election campaign received illegal financial support from the Libyan government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Sarkozy is facing potential charges including illegal campaign funding and receiving the proceeds of the embezzlement of Libyan public funds, the source said.

Since 2013, investigating magistrates have been probing media reports, as well as statements by Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, that claimed funds were provided for Sarkozy's run at the presidency.

Investigators are examining allegations that Gadhafi's regime secretly gave Sarkozy 50 million euros (about $62 million) overall for his presidential election bid.

The sum is more than double the legal campaign funding limit.

Sarkozy, who served as French president from 2007-2012, has denied allegations he received funding from the Libyan regime. According to the same source, he again proclaimed his innocence during his questioning by police.

Sarkozy's opponent in the 2007 presidential election, former socialist politician Segolene Royal, was more severe, writing on Twitter earlier Wednesday that "despite challenging conditions, justice is making progress". Details of the restrictions he has been ordered to obey have not been revealed.


Sarkozy's auto left a police building in Nanterre, a Paris suburb, around midnight on Tuesday.

One of the party's lawmakers in northern France, Sebastien Huyghe, told BFM television he believed Sarkozy was the victim of "vengeance" by ex-Libyan regime members and by the French judiciary, with which he had a fraught relationship as president. Soon after winning the French presidency, he invited the Libyan leader for a state visit and welcomed him to France with high honors.

Sarkozy has dismissed the allegations as the rantings of vindictive Kadhafi loyalists who were furious over the French-led military intervention in Libya that helped end Kadhafi's 41-year rule and ultimately led to his death.

Sarkozy has faced other campaign-related legal troubles in the past. Sarkozy's lawyer said at the time that he would appeal that order.

In 2016, the site published an interview with a supposed middleman in the transaction who said he had delivered three suitcases full of what he believed to be 5 million euros in case to the interior minister Sarkozy and an associate in late 2006 and early 2007.

It is not the first time Sarkozy has been brought in for questioning.

Takieddine alleged he gave a third suitcase with 1.5 million euros in cash to the aide alone.

Related Articles

  • United Suspends Pet-shipping Service After Dog's Death

    United Suspends Pet-shipping Service After Dog's Death

    Pets can only be shipped on AMC contracted missions, such as the Patriot Express, according to an Andersen statement. The French bulldog died March 12 after a flight attendant had the pet and its crate placed in an overhead bin.
    Lawmakers seek to finalize spending bill as storm looms

    Lawmakers seek to finalize spending bill as storm looms

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expected House Republicans to release the bill later Tuesday. The flashpoints include everything from funding for a wall along the U.S.
    School resource officer's response praised as school shooting ends quickly

    School resource officer's response praised as school shooting ends quickly

    The girl's family has identified her as Jaelynn Willey. "I don't know anybody; I have not involved myself with any thugs". The survivors are organizing a national demonstration for gun control laws on March 24 called March for Our Lives.
  • NBC to televise Indianapolis 500 in 2019

    NBC to televise Indianapolis 500 in 2019

    IndyCar debuted a new vehicle at its opener earlier this month, drawing rave reviews from drivers and fans. Under the new contract, eight IndyCar races will be on broadcast next season, up from five that ABC aired.
    John Oliver wasn't prepared for gay bunny book popularity

    John Oliver wasn't prepared for gay bunny book popularity

    Pence has been outspoken in condemning gay marriage in the past and has close ties with others who have condemned the lifestyle. Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of a Vice President is a tribute to the Pence family's beloved rabbit.
    Youtube makes live stream easier for everyone

    Youtube makes live stream easier for everyone

    YouTube is rolling out a new livestreaming feature, making it easier for creators to broadcast live from their computers and phones.
  • All about the Super Sixes

    All about the Super Sixes

    And Samuels said the Caribbean side would take the same approach to the fixture as they had throughout the tournament. We've only got one game to go in sense ... so if Chris gets off, it's not only great to watch but it can be unsafe .
    Fonterra CEO To Step Down As Dairy Co-op Sees Profits Tumble

    Fonterra CEO To Step Down As Dairy Co-op Sees Profits Tumble

    The turnaround of the investment is a key priority for our senior management team", Wilson said in a statement to the ASX and NZX yesterday.
    Alleged Modern Warfare 2 Remaster May Not Have Multiplayer

    Alleged Modern Warfare 2 Remaster May Not Have Multiplayer

    The rumor came from an Amazon Italy listing that remarked on it and said that it will be releasing next month. It seems Modern Warfare 2 Remastered really is coming, but it won't include the multiplayer portion.
  • Kidde recalling dual-sensor smoke alarms

    Kidde recalling dual-sensor smoke alarms

    The cap can compromise the alarm's ability to detect smoke, posing a risk that people may not be alerted to a fire in their home. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves.
    Ronaldo has asked about China, reveals Scolari

    Ronaldo has asked about China, reveals Scolari

    Zidane, whose team reclaimed third place from Valencia, said on Real Madrid TV: "He comes from another galaxy, it's true". The Portugal worldwide suffered a slow start to the campaign, scoring just one goal in his opening eight La Liga matches.
    Evacuation orders in effect for Santa Barbara County ahead of storm

    Evacuation orders in effect for Santa Barbara County ahead of storm

    County officials said this week's storm is expected to produce significantly more rainfall than the January storm. The amount of rain and the intensity are enough to cause flooding even without the impact of the recent fires.