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Entertainment Libyan financing of the campaign: the Paris Court of Appeal rejects the appeals of the Sarkozy camp

13:35  24 september  2020
13:35  24 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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A Paris appeals court will rule Thursday on a legal challenge by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former aides against an investigation into claims that Libyan money was used in his 2007 election campaign . After several delays in the case, the latest due to France's coronavirus lockdown, judges

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Nicolas Sarkozy, ancien président de la République, est visé par une enquête sur le financement supposé de sa campagne présidentielle par des fonds libyens. © ARCHIVES OUEST-FRANCE / Franck Dubray Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of the Republic, is targeted by an investigation into the supposed financing of his presidential campaign with Libyan funds.

The Paris Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected most of the appeals filed by Nicolas Sarkozy's camp in this case of alleged campaign financing by Libyan funds.

The Paris Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected the main part of the appeals filed by the camp Nicolas Sarkozy who challenged the investigation into suspicions of Libyan financing of his 2007 presidential campaign, the AFP corroborating sources.

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Alleged Libyan financing in the 2007 French presidential election purportedly took the form of Libya 's covert and illicit bankrolling of the presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy with up to €50 million in pay-outs.

He accused the party of “ financial blackmail”. Speaking after Maisonneuve’s comments, UMP official and the former deputy director of Sarkozy ’s 2012 His lawyers said Thursday that he would appeal the decision before the Cour de Cassation, France's final court of appeal . (FRANCE 24 with AFP

Seized by the former head of state and several of his relatives implicated in the investigation, the investigative chamber thus validated the investigations launched eight years ago in this case with multiple ramifications. The defense can still appeal in cassation.

Testimonies of Libyan dignitaries, notes from the Tripoli secret services, accusations of an intermediary ... After seven years of work, the magistrates gathered a sum of disturbing clues which gave substance to the thesis of the financing of the presidential campaign victorious over Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007 by the Gaddafi regime.

Suspicious movements of funds, but no proof

In November 2016, the businessman Ziad Takieddine, indicted in this case and on the run after being convicted in June in the financial part of the case Karachi, had claimed to have given between late 2006 and early 2007 five million euros to Nicolas Sarkozy, then Minister of the Interior, and his chief of staff Claude Guéant. However, no physical evidence has been found, although suspicious movements of funds have led to nine indictments to date.

In a vast procedural offensive, the former head of state and his former ministers Claude Guéant, Eric Woerth and Brice Hortefeux - all indicted except the latter - had raised a whole series of nullities against this investigation.

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