Nicolas Sarkozy detained in France

Source : 112 Ukraine

Former French President Sarkozy is suspected of financial fraud during his election campaign of 2007
12:22, 20 March 2018

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was detained in France on the case of financing his 2007 election campaign. This was reported by Reuters referring to court sources.

“Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in police custody in investigation over campaign financing,” the message says.

As reported by Le Monde, Sarkozy came in the morning of March 20 to the hearing in Nanterre, where he was taken into custody by the police. The trial was devoted to the issue of possible illegal financing by the Libyan authorities of his election campaign.

Sarkozy was present for the first time at the hearings on the case opened in April 2013. Law enforcement agencies have 48 hours to decide on the restraint.

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It is suspected that Sarkozy’s campaign headquarters could receive illegal funding from the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Earlier, the son of a former Libyan dictator announced his father's financing of Sarkozy's election campaign in 2007 and demanded the return of money. According to media reports, Sarkozy received from Libya over 50 million euros.

Sarkozy constantly denied these charges.

Also, in 2013, the Bordeaux prosecutor's office brought charges of corruption against Sarkozy. Politics were suspected of receiving illegal financial assistance for the presidential campaign of 2007 from the former owner of L'Oreal, Liliane Bettencourt. He was accused of receiving an envelope for 50 thousand euros bypassing the reporting documents.

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