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In France, former President Nicolas Sarkozy was detained in the case of financing his campaign

Nicolas Sarkozy. Getty Images
Nicolas Sarkozy. Getty Images

The French police detained former President Nicolas Sarkozy in the case of financing his election campaign in 2007, Reuters reported citing a source in the court. He was taken into custody and intends to question him in the near future.

According to Le Monde, Sarkozy was detained on March 20 at a hearing in the French city of Nanterre. The former president was summoned to court as part of an investigation into the possible financing of his campaign by the Libyan authorities. The hearing in Nanterre was the first for Sarkozy, although the case was opened in 2012.

Suspended investigation resumed in 2017. Soon the investigation gathered enough evidence to begin the process, at the same time Sarkozy filed preliminary charges. In January 2018 in London, detained French businessman Alexander Juhri, who is considered one of the key figurants of the case. Two days later he was released on bail.

The scandal began with the statements of the son of the former leader of Libya Muammar Gaddafi Saif al-Islam that his father gave over $ 50 million to the Sarkozy campaign. In May 2012, the website Mediapart published a Libyan document on the financing of the campaign by Gaddafi, who was de facto head of Libya from 1969 to 2011. Sarkozy called the document false. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko claimed that Gaddafi personally told him that he gave $ 50 million to Sarkozy’s campaign, not $ 50 million.

After retiring from the post, Sarkozy became a figurant of several investigations into the sources of his campaign. The Daily Telegraph also reported on the verification of Sarkozy’s involvement in corrupt deals with Qatar, which was given the right to host the World Cup-2022.

Sarkozy was president of France from 2007 to 2012. In the 2012 elections, he lost to François Hollande.

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