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Nicolas Sarkozy DID take $50 million of Muammar Gaddafi's cash, French judge is told - Europe - World - The Independent

Documentary proof exists that France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy took more than €50m from the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, a French judge has been told.

The claim, leaked today, was made just before Christmas by a Lebanese-born businessman, Ziad Takieddine, who has been a fixer for legal - and allegedly illegal - dealings between France and the Middle East for 20 years.

Expanding on claims already made by one of Mr Gaddafi's sons and a French investigative website, Mr Takieddine told an investigative judge that he could show him written proof that Mr Sarkozy's first presidential campaign in 2006-7 was "abundantly" financed by Tripoli. The payments, he said, continued after Mr Sarkozy became President.

In total, he said, they exceeded the €50m in illegal payments to Mr Sarkozy claimed by Mr Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam just before the demise of the Libyan regime - thanks partly to French and British airstrikes - in 2011.

Mr Takieddine's claims were rejected today as "outrageous" and "self-interested" by sources close to Mr Sarkozy. Last year President Sarkozy denounced a similar claim by the investigative website Mediapart as "grotesque".

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 10:16:55 AM EST
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Will it break ? Or will the traditional rightwing sympathies of the press draw a veil over it ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 10:40:55 AM EST
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More a matter of the judicial process. It's a leak. The papers are presumably weighing whether to publish or not, based on whether there's a risk of the procedures being invalidated because of the leak.

No, the press will happily tear Sarko apart now he's out of power.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 11:11:18 AM EST
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Er... It was fairly widely reported yesterday. Starting from Le Parisien and going on to other organs such as the Nouvel Obs, l'Express, etc.

Nouvelles accusations de Takieddine sur le financement Sarkozy, Guéant dément - Flash actualité - Politique - 02/01/2013 - leParisien.fr New Takieddine charges on Sarkozy's funding , Gueant denies - Flash News - Politics - 02/01/2013 - leParisien.fr
L'intermédiaire franco-libanais Ziad Takieddine a assuré devant le juge Renaud Van Ruymbeke détenir des preuves du financement par la Libye de la campagne présidentielle de 2007 de Nicolas Sarkozy, selon le quotidien Le Parisien de mercredi.
Des accusations aussitôt démenties par l'ancien ministre de l'Intérieur Claude Guéant, directement mis en cause, pour qui il s'agit de "pures affabulations".
The Franco-Lebanese middleman Ziad Takieddine declared before the judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke he has evidence of funding by Libya of the 2007 presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy , according to the daily Le Parisien on Wednesday. Charges immediately contradicted by former Interior Minister Claude Gueant, directly accused, who says it is "pure fabrication."
Selon le Parisien, Ziad Takieddine, plusieurs fois mis en examen dans le volet financier de l'affaire de l'attentat qui a coûté la vie à onze Français en 2002 à Karachi, a déclaré le 19 décembre au juge détenir les preuves d'un financement par la Libye de la campagne présidentielle de 2007 de Nicolas Sarkozy.
M. Takieddine a déclaré au juge qu'il pouvait lui "fournir les éléments existants sur le financement de la campagne de Nicolas Sarkozy" et que "le montant de cette aide dépasserait les 50 millions d'euros, somme un temps évoquée par l'un des fils du dictateur libyen" Mouammar Kadhafi.
Il a affirmé, selon le quotidien, que plusieurs rencontres avaient eu lieu avant l'élection entre Béchir Saleh, alors secrétaire particulier de Mouammar Kadhafi, et Claude Guéant qui était alors directeur de cabinet du ministre de l'Intérieur Nicolas Sarkozy.
According to Le Parisien, Ziad Takieddine, several times indicted for the financial aspect of the affair of the attack that killed eleven French in 2002 in Karachi, declared December 19 to the judge that he holds evidence of Libyan funding of the 2007 presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy. Mr. Takieddine told the judge that he could "provide the existing elements of proof of financing the campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy" and that "the amount of funding was over 50 million euros, a sum mentioned at one time by a son of the Libyan dictator " Muammar Gaddafi. He said, according to the newspaper, several meetings were held before the election between Bashir Saleh, then secretary of Muammar Gaddafi, and Claude Gueant, who was then Chief of Staff of the Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:20:37 PM EST
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