Oct 16, 2020
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Sarkozy accused of involvement in a criminal community

The Financial Prosecutor's Office of France has charged former President Nicolas Sarkozy with involvement in a criminal community. BFMTV reports.

The charges were brought in in connection with the alleged financing of his presidential campaign in 2007 by Libya.

Two years ago, Sarkozy was accused of passive corruption, illegal campaign financing and concealment of Libyan government funds.

He himself then said that the prosecution did not have any evidence, and the case was being built on the statements of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi, his relatives and close associates.

The investigation has been going on since 2012. It began after the publication in the media of documents that referred to the transfer of 50 million euros to the needs of Sarkozy's campaign by the Libyan authorities.

One of the witnesses is a Franco-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddin, who is called an "arms dealer" by Western journalists. According to Takieddin, he personally delivered money in several batches and handed one of them into the hands of Sarkozy.

Lawyers dispute the validity of the investigation, but the court has already dismissed most of the complaints.

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