Gaddafi's son offers to give evidence that Libya funded Sarkozy election bid
Mar 25 2018
At issue is a murky affair of Libyan spies, arms dealers and allegations that late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi provided Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign with millions of euros shipped to Paris in suitcases - allegations Sarkozy has always denied.
Sarkozy, who was France's right-wing president from 2007 to 2012, was questioned by prosecutors specialising in corruption, money laundering and tax evasion at their office in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre.
"I've been living the hell of this slander since March 11, 2011" when Ghadhafi first made the allegations, Sarkozy said.
Snoussi has a recording of the first meeting between Sarkozy and Gaddafi in Tripoli before his 2007 election campaign, al-Islam claims.
Sarkozy, 63, was released Wednesday night but placed under "judicial control".
The decision came after years of allegations that Sarkozy relied on a multimillion euro donation from the government of Moammar Gaddafi to finance his successful 2007 presidential run. He urged current French president Emmanuel Macron to ensure Sarkozy accounts for crimes committed against Libya.
Five months after Sarkozy was elected president, Gaddafi visited him in Paris, on his first state visit to a Western capital in decades.
After becoming president, Sarkozy invited Gadhafi to visit France for a state visit at a time when the Libyan leader was considered an global pariah by most other Western nations.
The 45-year-old who is eyeing the Libyan presidency when next elections are held also told Africanews that he supports an expeditious organisation of presidential elections in the North African country.
The prosecution claims Sarkozy spent almost double the legal limit of $24m on his campaign, using false billing from a public relations firm called Bygmalion.
In a film published on the investigative news website Mediapart, Ziad Takieddine, who introduced Sarkozy to Gaddafi, insists he handed over cases stuffed with cash to the former French leader and his chief of staff, Claude Guéant.
The Associated Press quotes an unnamed judicial source as saying in addition to illegal campaign funding, Sarkozy could also be charged with "passive corruption and receiving money from Libyan embezzlement".
Le Monde newspaper further reported that other former regime officials have stepped forward alleging illicit financing.
Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate case, concerning the financing of his 2012 re-election campaign, when he lost to Francois Hollande.
A lawyer for Sarkozy could not be reached immediately for comment.